CSX worker claims asbestos exposure

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 26, 2006, 10:30am

Howard Sturgeon filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court June 16, claiming during his 28 years as a communications technician at CSX Transportation he was exposed to asbestos.

Represented by Greg Tobin of East Alton, Sturgeon claims while wiring buildings and working in buildings that contained asbestos, he was exposed and inhaled asbestos while working for CSX.

According to the complaint, CSX:

  • negligently and carelessly failed to provide a safe place to work;
  • failed to warn of the presence and hazards of asbestos;
  • failed to provide proper safety equipment;
  • failed to provide safe buildings and equipment; and
  • failed to provide safe methods of work.

    Sturgeon claims that as a result of his exposure he sustained severe and permanent injuries to his lungs, respiratory system and body all of which cause him to suffer great pain and mental anguish, lose money and earnings he otherwise would have earned and caused him to spend money for medical expenses.

    Sturgeon is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

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