You expect your workplace to be a safe environment. Depending on your occupation, you may or may not be in love with your job, but you probably consider it generally healthy and safe. However, no workplace is completely safe from potential environmental hazards or improper maintenance.
Being a railroad worker can be dangerous; you are exposed to multiple hazardous conditions and risky tasks every day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the railroad industry has a significantly higher fatality rate than the average rate in the private sector.