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Railroad workers in nearly every job or “craft” were regularly exposed to cancer-causing substances for decades, even after the railroad industry became aware of the dangers they faced. Below is a chart outlining how workers in each craft were typically exposed to various toxic substances.

CRAFT
EXPOSURES
Asbestos
Diesel
Silica
Other
Conductor/Brakeman/ Switchman
  • Asbestos covered pipes inside the locomotive cabs and cabooses
  • Asbestos containing heat shields in cabooses
  • Asbestos covered pipes in the toilet area
  • Dust from asbestos containing brake shoes
  • Asbestos covered pipes and steam generators in engine rooms of covered wagons
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust leaking into locomotive cab through floorboards, electrical compartments, and windows
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Silica dust from locomotive sanders
  • Silica dust from ballast
  • Working with and in close proximity to Herbicides such as Roundup
Fireman/Engineer
  • Asbestos covered pipes inside the locomotive cab and cabooses
  • Asbestos covered pipes in the toilet area
  • Asbestos containing heat shields in cabooses
  • Asbestos covered pipes in the engine compartment
  • Sweeping out asbestos dust from locomotive cabs
  • Asbestos covered pipes and steam generators in engine rooms of covered wagons
  • Dust from asbestos containing brake shoes
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust leaking into locomotive cab through floorboards, electrical compartments, and windows
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Silica dust from locomotive sanders
  • Silica dust from ballast
  • Working with and in close proximity to herbicides such as Roundup;
Carman
  • Working in close proximity to other crafts working with asbestos containing products
  • Handling asbestos containing brake shoes
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Asbestos containing gloves, pads, aprons, and blankets used for welding
  • Repairing and replacing asbestos containing heat shields in cabooses
  • Idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Silica dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Welding fumes
  • Using powerful solvents to clean parts, tools, equipment, and work areas
Machinist/Locomotive Mechanic
  • Asbestos containing brake shoes
  • Asbestos covered pipes on air compressors
  • Sweeping up asbestos dust in work areas
  • Asbestos containing gaskets
  • Working in close proximity to other crafts working with asbestos containing products
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Running locomotives inside diesel shop
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Silica dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Using powerful solvents to clean engine parts and tools
  • Lead paint
Electrician
  • Working with asbestos-containing electrical components such as arc chutes or wire insulation
  • Working in close proximity to other crafts working with asbestos-containing products
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Running locomotives inside diesel shop
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Working with or around powerful solvents to clean engine parts and tools
Trackman/Maintenance of Way
  • Cutting and igniting asbestos rope for heating rails
  • Asbestos pads, blankets, and gloves used for welding
  • Asbestos containing brake shoes on track equipment
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings.
  • Operating or working close proximity to diesel-powered track machines and equipment
  • Working in close proximity to diesel powered track welders
  • Soaking, handling, and igniting asbestos rope
  • Dumping and working with ballast
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Operating track equipment such as ballast regulators, tampers, and brooms
  • Working with and in close proximity to herbicides such as Roundup;
  • Creosote-soaked rail ties
  • Welding fumes
Signal Maintainer
  • Drilling holes into asbestos boards inside signal cases and pulling wire
  • Asbestos dust within signal cases
  • Affixing cables to asbestos pipe insulation in various buildings or manholes
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Working in close proximity to diesel track equipment
  • Diesel exhaust from passing locomotives
  • Working in close proximity to trackmen and ballast dust
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
Bridge and Building Worker
  • Assisting with the removal and replacement of asbestos insulation
  • Demolition of buildings that contained asbestos
  • Installing, repairing, and removing asbestos containing building materials, i.e., asbestos floor tile, asbestos containing drywall and mud, etc.
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Operating diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Welding fumes
Yardmaster
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
Clerk
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
Pipefitter/Sheetmetal Worker
  • Removing and replacing asbestos covered pipes and pipe insulation
  • Asbestos covered pipes and compressor lines inside locomotives
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Diesel exhaust from running locomotives inside shops
  • Dust from sand and ballast in the yard
  • Working with or around powerful solvents to clean engine parts and tools
Shop Laborer
  • Dust from asbestos containing brake shoes
  • Dust from asbestos covered pipes on air compressors
  • Sweeping up asbestos dust in work areas
  • Working in close proximity to other crafts working with asbestos containing products
  • Asbestos covered pipes in various railroad buildings
  • Diesel exhaust from running locomotives inside shops
  • Diesel exhaust from idling locomotives in the yard
  • Exhaust from diesel-powered machines and equipment
  • Dust from sand and ballast
  • Working with or around powerful solvents to clean engine parts and tools
  • Welding fumes
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