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Rail company sued over workplace injury

By Dan Harkins | Aug 11, 2015

A railroad worker is suing his employer over a workplace injury.

Charles Davis filed a complaint July 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Co.

Davis, as a carman for Union Pacific, was injured at work on Jan. 21 while "attempting to close an outlet gate on a ballast car," the lawsuit states.

The defendant is cited with failing to provide a safe workplace, task and equipment; provide adequate assistance and training, as well as supervision; inspect its equipment; replace a defective outlet gate; and wait until Davis had the proper training to perform the task.

As a result, the lawsuit states, Davis suffered injuries to his back, hips and spine, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Jerome J. Schlichter and Nelson G. Wolff of Schlichter, Bogard and Denton in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15L424.

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