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Railroad worker alleges injuries from faulty handbrake

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 18, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A railroad worker is suing his employer for allegedly failing to provide a safe place to work.

Kenneth Cockrum filed a complaint on July 7 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Illinois Central Railroad Company, alleging the defendant violated the Federal Employer's Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was injured on March 20 while he was attempting to release a defective lever style handbrake, which allegedly did not operate properly. While operating the handbrake, it slipped, causing a sharp pain in plaintiff's lower back. 

As a result, Cockrum claims that he suffered permanent injuries, emotional damages and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Illinois Central failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work and failing to inspect and maintain its equipment and provide proper tools and equipment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for a sum in excess of $50,000 along with costs expended and any further relief the court deems just and proper. 

He is represented by Eric D. Holland of Holland Law Firm in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-959

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