BELLEVILLE – A conductor alleges an unsafe work environment at the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Madison Yard in Granite City caused injuries to his knee and leg.
Sammie Davis filed a complaint on Oct. 4 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, citing the Federal Employers' Liability Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 17, 2014, he was in the course and scope of his employment with the defendant when a cut of cars uncoupled from an engine, causing him injuries. He alleges that the couplers on the engine or cars were defective.
As a result, Davis claims he sustained severe injuries to his left leg and knee that required replacement surgery. He also claims he suffered physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages and benefits.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide adequate training, failed to provide safe methods of work and failed to warn its employees of the unsafe condition of the track, cars and/or engines.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks reasonable damages of more than $50,000, plus costs expended for this action.
He is represented by Kevin D. Wilkins and Gerard B. Schneller of Wilkins Schneller Law in St. Louis.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-577