Former UPR employees sue railroad for harmful dust exposure

By David Yates | May 12, 2011

Four former Union Pacific Railroad employees are suing the company, alleging the railroad negligently exposed them to harmful dusts throughout their careers.

Plaintiffs Howard Taylor, Will Donald, Harold Gregory and Dale Haynes filed the suit May 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that each plaintiff worked for UPR for more than a decade. During their employment, the plaintiffs allege they were negligently exposed to harmful dusts, vapors and fumes.

"As a result of their exposure ... plaintiffs have developed injuries to their lungs, which have reduced their life expectancy and diminished their enjoyment of life," the suit states.

Under the Federal Employers Liability Act, the plaintiffs are suing for their alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Kirkland Sammons represents them.

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

Case No. E189-947

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