What Are The Safety Acts?

The SAFETY ACTS, commonly called THE BOILER INSPECTION ACT and SAFETY APPLIANCE ACT, provide recovery under a more broad range of situations than does the FELA. Where a worker is injured due to the violation of a SAFETY ACT, the carrier is subjected to "strict liability". Simply stated, strict liability means that the carrier's negligence and the employee's contributory negligence are unimportant. The carrier is held accountable for the employee's injury. In order to be compensated, the employee must simply prove that his injury was caused by a defect in a Safety Appliance or Locomotive Component. There are numerous Safety Appliances and Locomotive Components which give rise to strict liability on the part of the carrier. Our law firm should be contacted to discuss the specifics of any accident to determine whether one or more of the Safety Acts are applicable.