Union Pacific failed to provide comprehensive ergonomics program, suit says

By Kelly Holleran | Nov 12, 2012


A railroad worker has filed suit against his employer, saying he suffered knee, feet and lower limb injuries due to the nature of his work.

Charles Hicks claims he was working as a switchman, brakeman, conductor and engineer for defendant Union Pacific Railroad Company.

During his career, Hicks was required to climb onto and ride on railroad cars and locomotive engines, according to the complaint filed Oct. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of his work, Hicks sustained various injuries, suffered pain and mental anguish, incurred medical costs and lost wages, the suit states.

He also has experienced an impaired ability to work, the complaint says.

Hicks blames Union Pacific Railroad Company for causing his injuries, saying it negligently failed to provide Hicks with a safe place to work, failed to provide safe work conditions, failed to provide safe methods for work, failed to enact a comprehensive ergonomics program, failed to provide suitable tools, failed to provide adequate protection from exposure and failed to provide adequate training.

In his complaint, Hicks is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-556.

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