Injured railroad worker files FELA against Norfolk Southern

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 31, 2005, 5:01am

Norfolk Southern Railway has once again been targeted in a Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) suit filed in Madison County.

Lawrence Jones filed a suit March 30 claiming he was injured on three separate occasions in 2002 while working for Norfolk Southern.

The complaint does not state where Jones resides, but claims Norfolk Southern does do business in Madison County.

Jones claims that the railroad failed to provide him with a safe place to work, failed to provide him with safe methods to work, failed to provide sufficient manpower, and failed to provide him with safe tools and equipment.

According to the complaint, Jones sustained severe and permanent injuries to his neck, back, spine, shoulders and body, all of which have and will cause him to suffer great pain and mental anguish.

The complaint does not list specific injuries.

Jones also claims he has lost earnings he otherwise would have been entitled to and that his earning capacity has been greatly diminished. He also claims he has become liable for medical bills.

A machinist, Jones claims he was injured while working in Chattanooga, Tenn.:

  • April 1, 2002, while removing a relief valve.

  • July 29, 2002, while removing a pop valve.

  • Sept. 16, 2002, while he was removing fuel nozzles.

    Jones is represented by Gregory Tobin of Pratt & Tobin of East Alton. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran.

    Based in Norfolk Virginia, Norfolk Southern Railway has more than 38,320 miles of track, owns 3,755 locomotives and 100,229 freight cars, and employs 29,986 workers.

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