Union Pacific Railroad is being sued in St. Clair County Circuit Court by a former trackman/machine operator.

Ruben R. Garza, Sr. claims he sustained injuries to his shoulders, back, spine, neck and body from being subjected to numerous repetitive traumas and walking on unstable ballast, operating a tie-crane, throwing tie plates, unloading ballast trains and repairing tracks, according to the Federal Employers' Liability Act suit filed Aug. 18.

Represented by Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton, Garza claims the railroad failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work, safe methods of work, sufficient manpower and safe tools.

He is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

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