Carman seeks $50K in suit against Illinois Central

Ann Knef Jan. 11, 2011, 12:31am

A man who worked for Illinois Central railroad for more than 30 years claims his job led to disabling injuries.

Steve D. Mileur filed a lawsuit on Nov. 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Mileur began working for Illinois Central in October 1978, where he was employed as a carman. He says his severe and permanent injuries are due to the railroad' s negligence in failing to ensure a reasonablysafe place to work; not providing safe and proper tools and equipment; and not providing safe methods of performing his work.

Additionally, he blames the railroad for not offering proper supervision, direction and training regarding the long-term effects of cumulative trauma, failing to warn about the risks of cumulative trauma and not employing a sufficient number of track laborers. He also says the railroad destroyed or misplaced ergonomic studies pointing to the dangers of cumulative trauma.

Mileur says he suffered disabling injuries, pain and mental anguish. He also claims lost earnings.

In his complaint, Mileur seeks damages of $50,000 plus costs.

Paul T. Slocomb of Blunt Slocomb is representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-619.

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