Norfolk Southern sued by carman claiming repetitive injuries

Kelly Holleran Jul. 15, 2010, 6:48am

A former railroad worker claims he suffered injuries to his back, knees, hips and body after being subjected to repetitive trauma throughout his career with the company.

Alfred W. Wright filed a lawsuit July 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

Wright claims he began working for Norfolk Southern in 1971 as a carman and continued to work for the company through 2009.

During his career, Wright was exposed to numerous repetitive traumas, leading to his injuries and causing him great pain and mental anguish, to lose money, to suffer a diminished earning capacity and to incur medical costs, according to his complaint.

He blames Norfolk Southern for causing his injuries, saying the company negligently failed to provide him with safe tools, failed to provide proper equipment, failed to provide proper supervision, failed to warn of foreseeable hazardous conditions and allowed unsafe practices to become standard.

In his complaint, Wright seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt and Tobin in East Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-709.

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