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11 February 2018

MANHATTAN: Robert Zimmerman Injured In Electrocution Accident at Penn Station While Working as Amtrak Lineman


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MANHATTAN Pennsylvania Train Station Accident: Robert (Rob) Zimmerman Injured In Electrocution Accident at Penn Station While Working as Amtrak Lineman

Amtrak Lineman Injured In Electrocution Accident At Penn Station After Contacting Live Overheated Catenary Wire In Manhattan

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (February 10, 2018) – A volunteer firefighter from Ronkonkoma and Amtrak Lineman was critically injured in an electrocution accident when he came into contact with a live Catenary wire.

The Amtrak Lineman that was electrocuted in the accident at Penn Station has been identified as Robert Zimmerman.

The wife of the victim said that Robert (Rob) Zimmerman was able to survive partially because metal inside of his body from a spinal surgery kept the current away from vital organs.

Robert Zimmerman lost both hands in the electrocution accident and has undergone 10 surgeries at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.

A November report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized the “weak safety culture” at Amtrak following a fatal crash in 2016.

You can support the victim and his family by donating to the GO FUND ME page that has been set up for them.


When a worker is injured in New York they will typically be able to file a worker’s compensation claim in order to help with medical bills and lost wages. In addition to worker’s compensation, an injured worker may also be able to file a third party liability claim against any other companies or entities that may have been responsible for the accident. For example, if an electrocution accident happens at  a railroad station, an injured worker may be able to file a premises liability claim. Railroad stations have a common law duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for guests and workers, though this isn’t always the case. Electrical wires or breakers may be mislabeled thereby contributing to an accident. Overloaded sockets may cause wiring to overheat and spark. Faulty or loose wiring may come into contact with equipment and pose a serious hazard to a worker. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a railroad station may be able to file a claim for damages including pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the tragic accident that injured Robert Zimmerman while he was working at Penn Station. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim as he continues to recover. We sincerely hope that steps are taken to help make Penn Station safer for all of the workers and people there. Workers safety must always be the number one priority for every company. We also encourage everyone to donate to the GO FUND ME page set up to help the victim and his family.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an electrocution accident while working you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys have won over 500 million for our deserving clients and are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.