UPR sued for not having comprehensive ergonomics program

David Yates May 4, 2011, 7:00am


A Union Pacific Railroad employee has filed suit against the company, alleging the railroad should have provided a comprehensive ergonomics program to prevent repetitive injuries.

Under the Federal Employer's Liability Act, Wayne Rogers, a Harris County resident, filed suit against UPR on April 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

In his suit, Rogers says UPR employed him as a locomotive engineer. No dates, however, are given for his employment.

The suit accuses UPR of negligently failing to implement a comprehensive ergonomics program, provide him with an air ride seat and warn him of the of the repetitive trauma he would suffer.

Rogers claims his spine is permanently injured because of his employment, court papers say.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Gilbert T. Adams represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-904

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