UP railroad engineer files FELA complaint in St. Clair County
Union Pacific Railroad engineer Donald Schult filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Feb. 14 claiming he fell in a locomotive engine because of a fuse located on the engine's floor or steps.
According to the suit, Union Pacific was allegedly negligent for failing to properly mark or light its steps, failing to modify fuse racks on old engines with enclosed racks, failing to comply with federal codes and failing to provide safe work conditions, among other things.
Schult, represented by Mark P. DuPont of Dupo, claims he suffered injuries to his back, left elbow, head and lower extremities including but not limited to the spine and structures adjacent thereto.
The incident took place July 20, 2007, the complaint states.
He claims he had to undergo x-rays, diagnostic tests and surgery to his back and will in the future need additional tests and medical treatment to his back. He also claims he lost wages and benefits.
Schult seeks in excess of $100,000. His suit also seeks damages under the Boiler Inspection Act.
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