A former railroad worker alleges he sustained injuries to his left eye after a cable snapped and struck his face.

Dennis McFadden Jr. filed a lawsuit March 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against FTRL Railway also known as Foster Townsend Rail Logistics.

In his complaint, McFadden alleges he was attempting to remove a cable seal from a tank car using an impact wrench. Suddenly, the cable snapped and struck his left eye, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, McFadden suffered pain and mental anguish, lost wages and his earning capacity, incurred medical costs and has been impaired in his ability to enjoy life, the suit states.

McFadden blames FTRL for causing his injuries, saying the railroad negligently failed to provide him with a safe place to work, failed to provide him with safe conditions, failed to provide safe work methods and failed to provide an adequate device to remove the cable seal, among other negligent actions, the complaint says.

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

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-149.

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