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Man alleges loose grab bar caused him to fall while working for Union Pacific Railroad

By Lhalie Castillo | May 17, 2017

BATON ROUGE – A conductor alleges he suffered injuries to his back, neck and shoulder because of a fall on the job.

Joseph Bennett filed a complaint on May 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Union Pacific Railroad Co. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 11, 2016, he was performing his duties in the scope of his employment at the Alexandria rail yard and was dismounting from a rail car when suddenly the grab iron came loose and broke, causing him to fall to the ground. The plaintiff alleges he sustained injuries resulting in pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, as well as economic damages. 

The plaintiff holds Union Pacific Railroad Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly breached its duty to provide a safe place to work and failed to properly repair, inspect, maintain and/or replace its equipment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for all sums reasonable in the premises, with legal interest, all costs of these proceedings and for all general and equitable relief. He is represented by John G. Munoz of Garner & Munoz in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00300

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