A signal maintainer for Union Pacific Railroad filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act complaint in U.S. District Court May 15, alleging his employer failed to provide him a safe place to work.

David Gibbs claims he injured his lower back, hips and legs on July 24, 2007, while working for Union Pacific near Steelville, Ill.

Gibbs claims Union Pacific failed to provide him with adequate mechanical assistance to perform his duties, failed to assign adequate manpower, required him to work in an area where the footing was bad and failed to inspect and maintain the footing in the area he was assigned to work.

He is also alleging that during the course of his employment he was constantly and continuously required by Union Pacific to engage in excessive, dangerous, constant and repetitive manual labor which resulted in serious injuries and damages to his neck, left arm and left elbow.

Represented by James Hopkins of St. Louis, Gibbs is seeking damages in excess of $150,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to District Judge J. Phil Gilbert in Benton.

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