Larry R. Biggs has filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit against Union Pacific Railroad claiming he developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and left ulnar nerve entrapment due to his employer's alleged negligence.
Biggs, who worked for the railroad as a hostler, fireman and engineer from June 9, 1971 until June 28, claims he was exposed to repetitive and cumulative traumas to his arms, wrists and hands through the course of his career.
Represented by William P. Gavin of Belleville, Biggs claims Union Pacific failed to provide him a reasonably safe place to work and failed to prvide him with adequate tools and equipment.
He also claims he was required to spend long hours operating tools and equipment that were not ergonomically safe, among other things.
Biggs also seeks damages under the Locomotive Boiler Inspection Act and Safety Appliance Act.