Welder files FELA suit against Norfolk Southern

By Steve Gonzalez | Jun 3, 2005

A welder for Norfolk Southern Railway filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) suit in Madison County Circuit Court June 2 seeking damages for injuries sustained while attempting to locate an oil leak.

Charles Powers alleges that on May 31, 2002, he was permanently injured when hydraulic fluid shot into his finger while he was looking for a reported leak.

The complaint does not state how the fluid injured his fingers, where the accident occurred or where Powers resides.

According to the complaint, Norfolk failed to provide Powers with a safe place to work, safe and suitable equipment to perform the assigned task, and failed to provide him with safe methods of work.

Powers claims he has suffered a disability and disfigurment to his left hand and fingers which caused him to suffer great pain and mental anguish, lost wages and has been forced to pay medical bills for treatment.

Represented by Robert Schmieder of East Alton, Powers is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus all costs of the suit.

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