Railroad worker claims cumulative trauma in federal suit

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 2, 2006, 6:24am

A man who claims his ability to enjoy life has been impaired due to working on the railroad filed suit in U.S. District Court Sept. 28, against Illinois Central Railroad (ICR) claiming it failed to provide him with a safe place to work in violation of the Federal Employers' Liability Act.

Gregory Whitelow of Centralia claims ICR required him to work with equipment which had excessive vibration and which did not provide appropriate support to his arms, elbows, and hands which caused injury to his arms, elbows, and hands requiring medical attention.

Whitelow claims his injuries are better known as "cumulative trauma" or "repetitive trauma."

According to Whitelow, ICR failed to provide reasonably safe conditions for work, failed to provide reasonably safe methods of work, and failed to enact a comprehensive ergonomics program.

He claims his injuries have caused him to suffer pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of wages and fringe benefits.

Represented by Gerald Schneller of St. Louis, Whitelow is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, plus all costs of the litigation.

The case has been assigned to District Judge Phil Gilbert.

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