The ongoing heat wave responsible for thousands of record temperatures across the country has made its presence felt in some unexpected ways, including a recent railroad accident. On Aug. 4, a freight train carrying primarily grain derailed in eastern Texas, sending 17 cars off the rails. Another train derailed at the same location in early July, and the rail was repaired in the cooler evening hours. Then the state—and much of the rest of the country—entered a prolonged period of record-setting heat, which authorities believe caused the metal to expand, warp and break. Temperatures when the derailment occurred were near 110 degrees. Although no injuries were reported in either derailment, workers responsible for re-repairing the damaged railroad tracks face heat-related dangers in addition to the day-to-day hazards of railroad work. When railroad workers are injured on the job and the railroad company is at least partially negligent in causing the injury, they are not covered by traditional workers’ compensation, but rather must seek financial compensation for their injuries under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). If you’re a railroad worker who’s been injured on the job, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, FELA and railroad accident attorneys at Long & Long to schedule your free case consultation.