UP sued by trackman claiming cancer

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 15, 2008

Willis Demouchet has filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad Company, alleging he was diagnosed with cancer after working with carcinogens throughout his employment with the railroad.

Demouchet claims he repaired railroad tracks for the company from 1997 through 2006, according to a complaint filed Sept. 9.

He was subjected to solvents, fumes, exhaust, chemicals and other airborne toxins and carcinogens throughout his employment, the suit states.

Demouchet claims that as a result of his exposure he has been diagnosed with cancer and other severe and permanent injuries that have caused him great pain and mental anguish.

While working in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 8, 2005, Demouchet also injured his back, spine and body after he lifted a heavy piece, according to the complaint.

Demouchet has lost money and earnings, and his earning capacity has been greatly diminished, the suit states.

He claims the company was negligent because it failed to provide a safe place to work, failed to provide safe methods of work, failed to provide sufficient manpower and failed to provide safe tools and equipment.

In the two-count suit, Demouchet is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

He is represented by Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton.

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