Trackman sues Illinois Central over knee and wrist injuries

Kelly Holleran Jun. 17, 2010, 9:38am

An Illinois Central Railroad Company worker claims that his employment with the company caused him to develop cumulative trauma to his knees and wrists.

Edwin Quathamer filed a lawsuit May 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Quathamer claims he has worked as a trackman for the company since 1972 and has used company-supplied tools, equipment and machines, which has caused injuries to his knees and wrists.

In addition to his injuries, Quathamer suffered pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, incurred medical costs and experienced a diminished earning capacity because of his work, according to his complaint.

Quathamer blames Illinois Central Railroad for causing his injuries, saying the company negligently failed to provide him with a safe place to work, failed to provide him with safe and proper tools and methods, failed to provide him with proper supervision, failed to warn of the risks of developing cumulative trauma, failed to employ sufficient numbers of laborers and destroyed or misplaced ergonomic studies of its welders published in 1991.

In his complaint, Quathamer seeks unspecified damages, plus costs.

Paul T. Slocomb of Blunt Slocomb in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County District Court case number: 10-L-263.

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