A former railroad worker claims he fears contracting mesothelioma after he inhaled asbestos dust and fibers throughout his career.

Robert H. Bromley filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Consolidated Rail Corporation and American Premier Underwriters.

In his complaint, Bromley alleges he worked as a trainman, flagman, brakeman and conductor for Consolidated Rail Corporation from 1952 until 1995. Throughout his career, he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers, silica dust and coal dust, according to the complaint.

Because of Bromley's work, he suffered great pain, extreme nervousness and mental anguish and lost his earnings and earning capacity, the suit states. In addition, Bromley's ability to render services, society, affection, counseling and support to his family has been diminished; his life expectancy has shortened; and his ability to enjoy life has been impaired, the complaint says. He also fears that he will develop mesothelioma in the future.

Bromley blames the defendants for negligently failing to provide him with a safe place to work, for failing to provide him with safe tools, for failing to warn him of products containing asbestos, for failing to operate the locomotive repair facility in a safe manner and for failing to provide him instructions on the safe use of asbestos products, among other negligent acts.

In his three-count complaint, Bromley is seeking a judgment of more than $25,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

William P. Gavin of Gavin Law Firm in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-459.

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