A man who worked at Union Pacific (UP) Railroad for 23 years as a track repairman, machine operator and mechanic filed a Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court May 2 seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Terry Armour claims that during the course of his employment with UP he was exposed to various noxious substances including hydraulic fluids, lubricating oils, contaminants, and creosote that caused him to develop a serious and debilitating skin condition on his chest, back, hips and legs.

Armour is represented by William Gavin of the Gavin Law Firm in Belleville.

Armour claims UP violated FELA by failing to:

  • Provide him with a safe place to work;
  • Provide him with safe equipment to protect him against repeated exposures to harmful substances;
  • Warn him about exposures to harmful substances;
  • Investigate whether the substances he was exposed to could be harmful;
  • Requiring him to work with harmful substances.

    Armour claims the skin condition has caused him to suffer great pain and disability, mental anguish and extreme nervousness as a result of his concern over his injuries.

    Armour also claims he has incurred medical expenses in the course of treating his skin condition.

    05 L 274 (20th Circuit)

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