Railroad machinist Lawrence A. Osborn claims his left knee popped while loading a governor onto a locomotive, according to a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit filed Dec. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Osborn claims his injury happened Dec. 23, 2004, while he was working for Alton & Southern Railway Co. in East St. Louis.

He claims his employer failed to provide him a safe place to work, and required him to work in a rushed, hurried and otherwise unsafe manner, among other things.

Osborn, who has been employed by Alton & Southern Railway since August 2000, also claims he has been exposed to repetitive and cumulative trauma to various parts of his body including, but not limited to, his lower extremities.

He claims he was assigned to do physical tasks beyond his physical capability and was required to board and disembark moving equipment. He also claims his employer failed to upgrade and repair its train yards and round house.

Represented by Michael K. Nowak of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner & Thompson of Belleville, Osborn also is seeking damages from Gateway Western Railroad, now known as the Kansas City Southern Railway Corp.

Osborn worked as a machinist at Gateway Western from 1995 through 2000, and claims he was exposed to repetitive and cumulative trauma.

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