Posted On: July 15, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Switchman Files Illinois Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit Over Hearing Loss

Railroad worker Denny Sipes is suing The Alton and Southern Railway Company for the hearing loss he says that he sustained from working as a yard worker and a switchman for the defendant. He is seeking over $50,000 plus costs for his Illinois railroad worker injuries.

Sipes has been working for the railroad company since 1994. He is contending that because his workplace is unsafe, he has incurred specific injuries, including Inner ear injuries, eardrum damage, injuries to the nerve endings in his head, tympanic membrane injuries, tinnitus, emotional trauma, and psychological harm. He also says that he experienced suffering, pain, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish and pain.

The railroad worker says that his injuries occurred because the railroad company required that he be exposed to numerous noises, such as moving and idling locomotives. SIpes contends that the defendant did not give him the proper hearing protection, did not sound protect its engines, did not modify the position of whistles and horns on its engines, and neglected to abide by Federal Railroad Administration and OSHA regulations regarding noise level limits and mandatory noise monitoring.

Railroad Workers and Hearing Loss
Because railroad workers must often work in environments under loud noise levels (that sometimes even exceeding the noise level standard) for extended periods of time), they are at risk of suffering from permanent or temporary hearing loss. Railroad employees must abide by the standards mandated by federal law that are designed to protect railroad workers from suffering hearing damage, which can be caused by excessive noise from locomotives, compressors, railroad explosions, and other loud sounds.

Hearing loss can impede a person’s a ability to live his/her normal life and the medical services necessary to train someone to live with this disability and/or hopefully recover can be very costly. If you believe that your work contributed to causing your hearing loss, you may have grounds for filing a Chicago railroad worker injury lawsuit.

Alton and Southern blamed for worker's hearing loss, The Record, July 14, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Noise and Hearing Conservation Standards, United States Department of Labor

Federal Railroad Administration

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