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Conductor alleges Union Pacific Railroad had unsafe work environment

By Michael Abella | Oct 14, 2016


BELLEVILLE — A conductor is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company, alleging he was injured while replacing a knuckle on a railroad car.

Stewart Harris filed a complaint on Sept. 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Company, alleging that the railroad operator failed to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 23, during the course of his employment with the defendant, he was injured in the defendant's Dupo yards while replacing a knuckle on a railroad car in use.

Harris alleges he has suffered and will continue to suffer great pain, disability and mental anguish, the suit says.

The plaintiff alleges Union Pacific negligently placed a railroad car into use on its line without a pin to hold the knuckle in place and failed to properly inspect the car before using it.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor and against the defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit. He is represented by William P. Gavin and Catherine E. Gavin of Gavin Law Firm in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-497

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