Railroader claims excessive vibrations injured him

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 9, 2006, 4:24am

Oscar Randall Rawson filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) suit against Illinois Central Railroad in U.D. District Court Jan. 5, seeking damages in excess of $75,000 for injuries he allegedly received from vibrating equipment.

Rawson, of Cobden, alleges that while employed with ICR, he was required to work with equipment that caused injuries to his shoulders, neck and arms which required medical attention.

According to Rawson, ICR failed to:

  • Provide him with a reasonably safe place to work
  • Provide reasonably safe conditions
  • Provide reasonably safe methods
  • Enact a comprehensive ergonomics program, and;
  • Provide a safe chair on which he could work.

    Rawson claims he suffered serious, painful and permanent injuries and suffers from mental anguish.

    He also claims that his injuries have caused him to lose wages and fringe benefits.

    Rawson claims his ability to work, labor and enjoy the normal pursuits of life has been impaired and lessened.

    Rawson is represented by Gerard Schneller of Holland, Groves & Schneller of St. Louis.

    The case has been assigned to District Judge James Foreman.


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