A bridge carpenter, allegedly hit by a railroad timber, is suing his employer for failing to provide a safe place to work.

Corey K. Roberts filed suit against Illinois Central Railroad Co. July 22 in federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred in August 2009 when a track hoe crane operator allegedly maneuvered the machinery in such a way that a railroad timber collided into Roberts.

Roberts claims the accident caused severe and debilitating injuries to his leg.

The defendant is accused of negligence and violating the Federal Employer's Liability Act by failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to provide proper instruction and training, failing to provide safe, adequate, effective and efficient assistance, failing to comply with safety and operating rules and failing to provide a properly-trained watchman or lookout.

Roberts also accuses the railroad of not keeping the crane under proper control, not maintaining a safe and appropriate position of the crane in relation to the bridge workers and failing to provide safety equipment.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wage, past and future lost wages, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Roberts is represented by Mandeville attorneys Carisa German-Oden, Joseph M. Miller and Benjamin B. Saunders of Davis Saunders. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02063

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