Asbestos caused lung injury, says Illinois Central trackman

Ann Knef Jul. 2, 2008, 12:40pm

A 44-year-long Illinois Central Railroad trackman has filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit claiming lung injuries due to asbestos exposure on the job.

Conward L. Frame, who worked from 1952 through 1996, claims he inhaled asbestos which has caused "severe and permanent injuries to his lungs, respiratory system and body," states the complaint filed June 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Represented by Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton, Frame is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages plus costs of the suit.

He claims the railroad failed to provide him a safe place to work, failed to warn him of asbestos hazards, failed to provide safety equipment and proper tools, and failed to provide safe methods of work.

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