A former trackman for BNSF Railway filed a Federal Employee Liability Act suit in federal court Nov. 10 alleging it failed to provide him a reasonably safe place to work.
Carl Anderson claims that from 1971 until 2005 he was subjected to numerous repetitive trauma while repairing BNSF’s railroad tracks.
He claims the railroad failed to provide safe methods of work, sufficient manpower and safe tools and equipment.
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for Southern Illinois, Anderson sustained severe and permanent injuries to his back, spine, wrists, knees, arms and body which cause him to suffer great pain and mental anguish, diminishing his earning capacity.
Represented by Gregory Tobin of East Alton, Anderson is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, plus costs of the suit.
The case has been assigned to District Judge Michael Reagan.