For 35 years Travis Evans labored as a track worker for Kansas City Southern Railway.
On Monday he sued his long-term employer for "failing to take steps" to ease the repetitive trauma inflicted on his knees.
His suit was filed July 30 in Jefferson County District Court.
In his suit, Evans says "he was exposed to daily repetitious physical trauma resulting in serious injuries to his knees" throughout his three-decade plus career.
"Plaintiff will show that a reasonably prudent employer would have ...known about ergonomic risk factors and taken steps to ameliorate them," the suit states, adding that KCS also failed to provide him with a safe workplace.
Evans further claims KCS negligently failed to properly supervise him and provide him with the proper tools, court papers say.
He is suing for past and future mental anguish, emotional pain, lost wages, medical expenses and impairment.
He is represented by Houston attorney Mark Berry.
Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. A187-437