Protection of Railroad Employees

February 8, 1868


With increasingly important railroads, more safety measures regarding railroads are being implemented.


Protection of Railroad Employees.-A bill has been introduced into the New York Legislature providing that all railroad companies in the State shall place railings on the top of freight cars and bridges between all cars in the train, thus securing safety to brakemen and others under the necessity of passing from one car to another. It proposes to place employees of railroads upon the same footing as passengers, so that if they receive injuries through carelessness or bad management on the part of others, they will be entitled to damages, the same as if they were passengers. The object of the bill is very favorably considered by members who believe its provisions simply just to a large and worthy class of men who daily run as great risks as the average of soldiers in an ordinary campaign.
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