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Maritime and railroad injuries require different approaches

Those who choose a profession working on the water or railroads usually have a different approach to life and their daily duties. The fact that they also have different protections on the job is another way that they differ. The Jones Act is likely the most distinct difference in the protections that apply to a marine worker who suffers a work-related injury. Illinois residents who have suffered maritime and railroad injuries still have the right to file injury claims.

Brakes put on sleep testing rule

Regulations intended to prevent many maritime and railroad injuries are, in many cases, not issued until accidents occur and their causes are studied by agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board. A recent federal government decision, however, has blocked belated but necessary measures to prevent accidents caused by sleep apnea.

What's time got to do with it? (Railroad injury risk, that is.)

You may be one of many Illinois train lovers whose childhood dream was to one day work on a railroad. Perhaps, you also always enjoyed fixing things; thus, a career in railroad maintenance was the perfect choice for you. It's no secret railroad jobs are among the most dangerous in the nation. You may be surprised to learn, however, that studies suggest the time of day you work may also increase (or decrease) your risk for injury on the job.

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