In a recent lawsuit, a BNSF Railway employee claims the repetitive trauma he suffered could have been prevented if the company implemented an ergonomics program.

Seeking damages for his injuries, Ricky Welborn filed suit against BNSF on Jan. 25 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Welborn was repetitively exposed to unsafe work conditions and injured throughout the course of his employment with BNSF.

No dates of employment are given.

However, the suit does state that BNSF negligently failed to follow the recommendations of the American Association of Railroads ergonomics studies performed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Welborn's alleged injuries include nerve, tissue and bone damage to his left shoulder and surrounding areas.

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

Attorney Steven Groves of the St. Louis, Mo., law firm Holland, Groves, Schneller & Stolze and Friendswood attorney Clint McGuire represent Welborn.

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

Case No. E191-801

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