Posted On: April 16, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Former Illinois Central Railroad Company Employee Files Railroad Worker Lawsuit Over Asbestos Exposure

Walter V. Duffy is suing Illinois Central Railroad Company for an asbestos-related disease he contracted. Duffy worked for the railroad company as an engineer and fireman from 1952 until 1995.

He says that during the course of working for the company, he was exposed to asbestos fibers and dust. In his railroad worker lawsuit, claims that Illinois Central Railroad Company did not give him a safe place to work, did not provide him with safe tools, neglected to safely operated the locomotive repair facility, and did not warn him about products that contained asbestos. He is also accusing the railroad company of negligence for failing to test him from time to time for any ill effects from exposure to the toxic substance, not limiting his access to areas where products with asbestos were present, not testing the products before the workers used them, and failing to give him a separate space for the clothing he wore outside of work.

Duffy says that because he was exposed to asbestos, he now has an asbestos-related disease and has experienced great pain and mental agony over what he perceives to be a permanent condition. He claims that his risk of developing mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related cancer has gone up and that this frightens him.

Among the railroad worker damages he is seeking: lost wages, medical expenses, loss of the ability to provide his services, and a shorter life expectancy.

Railroad Workers and Asbestos Exposure
There are a number of railroad jobs that may increase a worker’s exposure to asbestos. Driving engines in areas where asbestos is present, checking locomotives’ mechanical condition, installing and repairing signals, coupling cars, loading and unloading cargo that contains asbestos, and putting together trains in yards are some railroad worker jobs that can increase the exposure risk. Asbestos can cause cancer. It can also result in serious disabilities and death.

Railroad worker sues over asbestos exposure, The Record, April 12, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Asbestos, EPA

Asbestos, OSHA (PDF)

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