A 31-year veteran employee at Norfolk Southern Railway filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court Aug. 24, alleging the railroad negligently and carelessly failed to provide him a safe place to work despite the fact that repetitive trauma injuries were completely foreseeable.

Tim Throne claims that since May 25, 1976, he was required to regularly perform duties with the tools and machines Norfolk provided that resulted in long-term repetitive/cumulative trauma and vibration injuries to his knees.

Throne alleges the railroad violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act by failing to provide safe and proper tools and equipment to reduce the risk of excessive vibration, failed to provide safe methods of work, failed to provide proper supervision and manpower and failed to warn him of the development of repetitive trauma injuries.

He claims his knee injuries are permanent which cause pain, suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and the loss of a normal life.

Represented by David Blunt and Paul Slocomb of Edwardsville, Throne is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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