The recent fatal collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a semi-truck generated headlines nationwide, but two freight train derailments in late July that received little attention demonstrate the dangers that railroad workers face on a daily basis. On July 19, two BNSF workers were injured near Great Falls, Mont., when one train slammed into the rear of another, sending 13 cars and three locomotives off the rails. Although the accident is still under investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration, the injured workers may be able to seek financial compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) if the railroad company was at least partially negligent in the cause of the accident. On July 27, more than 100 Littlerock, Calif., residents were evacuated after a 70-car Union Pacific train transporting toxic chemicals derailed. Although no injuries were reported in that accident, hazardous materials crews were called to the scene and about 150 nearby homes were evacuated due to concerns over toxic chemical exposure. A number of the tanker cars in that derailment were carrying chlorine, hydrogen fluoride and other toxic materials. Although the tankers remained intact, the derailment served as a reminder that railroad work can turn dangerous and even deadly in an instant. Railroad employees are subject to numerous potential hazards in their daily work, and when injuries occur, working with an experienced FELA attorney ensures the best opportunity for recovering maximum financial compensation. 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 for your free consultation.