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New Jersey Transit Injury Report

Friday, May 24, 2013

The New Jersey Transit (NJT) injury report is called a Report of Personal Injury. It is important that the report be completed accurately. Any information regarding the cause of the injury should be included.

The important sections of the Report of Injury are:

Circumstances: In this section, it is important to list any defective equipment, unsafe conditions or other factors that may have caused or contributed to your injury. Do not include any extra information that is not relevant to the cause of your injury.

Nature of injury: If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort as the result of the incident, you should seek medical care. Under the FRSA, the railroad cannot interfere in any way with your medical care. In addition, if requested, the railroad must take you to the closest appropriate medical facility. Click here.

It is important to obtain a copy of your injury report. Refer to the report if questioned at a later time about the cause or nature of the injury.

Here is an image of NJT Report of Personal Injury: njt1 and njt2.

By Matt Darby

Conrail Injury Report

Friday, May 17, 2013

This is the second installment of the the blog of a couple of weeks ago regarding the importantance of properly completing injury reports.

The Conrail injury report is called an Employee Personal Injury Report, Form RMSA-1. It is important this report be completed accurately and completely. While it should be completed as soon as possible after the incident, it should not be completed when the injured persons is under duress, in severe pain or while heavily medicated. Any information regarding the cause of the injury should be included.

The important sections of the form are:

  • Do you desire medical attention at this time: If you have any pain or discomfort or have any reason to believe you may be injured, you should seek medical attention immediately. Failure to do so may lead to a question by the railroad as to whether the incident was the cause of your injury.
  • Describe what happened - give specific, detailed information: In this section, it is important to list any defective equipment, unsafe conditions or other factors that may have caused your injury. Do not include any extra information that is not relevant to the cause of your injury.

It is important that you obtain and retain a copy of your completed report. You should refer to the report if you are questioned at a later time about the injury:

Here is an image of a Form RMSA-1: conrail report.

By Matt Darby

Repetitive Trauma Injuries

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Many veteran railroad employees suffer from injuries caused by the repetitive nature of their jobs. These injuries are sometimes referred to as cumulative trauma injuries, repetitive trauma injuries, occupational injuries or “wear out” injuries. Whatever the term, these injuries can be just as significant to the injured employee as single event traumas.

Over the years, most railroads have ignored evidence both within the railroad industry and outside the industry about the injurious effects of performing one physical task over and over again. Ergonomics is a field of medical science that determines whether a particular job task, given the repetition of the task, the posture of the employee in performing the task, and force associated with the task, creates a risk of injury over time. Despite knowledge of the ergonomic risk factors (repetition, force and awkward posture) associated with jobs within the railroad industry, railroads in general have done little or nothing to reduce the risks or warn employees about the development of injuries created by the risks.

These injuries can involve almost any area of the body, including the knees, arms, hands, shoulders, back and neck.

Earlier Blog Posts regarding this topic can be found here & here & here.

By Matt Darby

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