Laborer claims unstable ballast caused injuries

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 15, 2006, 8:18am

Alton & Southern Railway

Deverick Ward filed a Federal Employer's Liability Act suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Aug. 7, seeking damages in excess of $50,000, claiming Alton & Southern Railway failed to provide him a safe place to work.

Ward, a laborer from 1992 through 2003, claims he was subjected to repetitive traumas and walking on unstable ballast.

He claims Alton & Southern failed to provide safe methods of work, failed to provide sufficient manpower and failed to provide safe tools and equipment causing him to sustain severe and permanent injuries to his shoulders, back, spine, feet and body.

Ward claims his injuries have caused him to suffer great pain and mental anguish, loss of wages and earnings and medical expenses.

He is represented by Robert Gregory of East Alton.

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