Railroad company allegedly caused worker's asbestos-related death

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jan 3, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A personal representative is suing a railroad company, alleging negligence and an unsafe work environment led to an employee's death.

Kristin Scott, personal representative of the estate of John Wilson, deceased, filed a complaint Nov. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Consolidated Rail Corporation, formerly known as the Penn Central Corporation, alleging failure to provide a reasonably safe place to work.

According to the complaint, during the course of Wilson's employment with defendants, that went from 1966 to 1976, he was exposed to asbestos, silica, diesel exhaust and other toxic substances. 

In 2017, the suit says, Wilson was diagnosed with lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. He died April 11, 2018. 

The plaintiff alleges Consolidated Rail failed to provide adequate and safe equipment to protect Wilson against toxic substances and failed to give adequate instructions and warnings of the hazards associated with working with or around products containing these toxic substances.

Scott seeks trial by jury, judgment in excess of $50,000, plus court costs. She is represented by attorney William P. Gavin of Gavin Law Firm in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-759

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