A locomotive engineer for Illinois Central Railroad claims he suffers from bilateral lower extremity tarsal tunnel syndrome due to cumulative trauma and excessive whole body vibration, according to a suit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Eddie E. McCandrew, who has been employed by the railroad since 1994, alleges his employer is negligent for his injuries, which also include bilateral carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve syndrome.

He claims his work included operating locomotives with inadequate seating, suspension and shock absorption systems that caused excessive vibration and lateral as well as horizontal motion.

Represented by Paul T. Slocomb and David L. Blunt of Blunt & Associates of Edwardsville, McCandrew is seeking in excess of $225,000 in damages.

He claims Illinois Central violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act by failing to provide him a reasonably safe place to work, failing to provide him with proper tools and equipment, failing to provide adequate assistance and supervision and failing to repair and maintain its machines and equipment in a safe condition.

McCandrew claims he has suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost earnings and incurred expenses, among other things.

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