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BNSF worker sues over alleged spinal injuries

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2014


A railroad worker alleges he sustained hip and spinal injuries during his career.

Richard Flynn filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against BNSF Railway Company.

In his complaint, Flynn alleges he worked as a maintenance of way employee for BNSF. Throughout his career, Flynn was required to work on various tools and machines that exposed him to shock, jarring, vibration and awkward postures, according to the complaint.

As a result of his work, Flynn suffered spinal and hip injuries, endured pain and mental anguish and lost wages, the suit states. He also incurred medical costs and experienced an impaired ability to work and enjoy life, the complaint says.

Flynn blames BNSF for causing his injuries, saying the company negligently failed to provide him with a safe place to work, failed to provide him with safe conditions, failed to provide him with safe methods, failed to enact a comprehensive ergonomics program and failed to provide safe engines for work, among other negligent acts.

Flynn is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

He is being represented by Steven L. Groves of Holland, Groves, Schneller and Stolze in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-157.

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