Railroad worker sues UP over repetitive trauma injury

Kelly Holleran Jan. 7, 2009, 9:41am

A railroad worker for Union Pacific Railroad has filed suit against the company, alleging he was injured because of his job.

Norman Chapper claims he suffered a repetitive trauma injury while he was working as a conductor, brakeman, switchman, fireman and engineer in the transportation department of Union Pacific Railroad Company, according to the lawsuit filed Dec. 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

Chapper's injury affected his leg, knees, lower extremity and other parts of his body, the suit states.

Because of Chapper's injury, he claims he suffered physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and lost earnings and benefits.

He also experienced physical impairment, incurred medical expenses and suffered disfigurement, according to the complaint.

He claims the injury happened because of the negligence of Union Pacific Railroad Company who failed to provide Chapper with a safe place to work and failed to comply with industry standards.

"Specifically, but without limitation, the area where Mr. Chapper suffered his injury was not in compliance with federal track regulations concerning ballast and other track components," the suit states. "Moreover, the equipment he was provided violated the Safety Appliance Act, the Boiler/Locomotive Inspection Act and accompanying federal regulations."

Chapper is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Bristol Baxley of Rome, Arata and Baxley in Pearland will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court.

Case No. E182-948

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