A former Union Pacific Railroad Company employee claims he suffered injuries to his shoulder and back after he was forced to repeatedly climb on and off railroad cars and locomotives.

Frank Horn filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Horn claims he worked as a switchman and conductor, which required him to frequently climb and ride on railroad cars and locomotive engines.

Because of his job duties, Horn claims he sustained shoulder and back injuries, plus experienced pain and mental anguish and incurred medical costs. In addition, Horn lost wages and benefits and experienced an impaired ability to work and enjoy life, according to the complaint.

Horn blames Union Pacific for a number of negligent acts, including failing to provide him with a safe place to work, failing to provide safe work conditions and work methods, failing to enact a comprehensive ergonomics program, failing to provide safe engines or tools for work, failing to provide adequate protection from exposure to cumulative trauma and failing to provide adequate training.

Horn is seeking a judgment of more than $15,000, plus costs.

Steven L. Groves of Holland, Groves, Schneller and Stolze in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-487.

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