Amtrak engineer alleges unsafe working environment caused shoulder injury

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS – An engineer for Amtrak alleges he was never warned of unsafe conditions and the potential for injuries.

Orval G. Roberts Jr. filed a complaint on May 8 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) alleging that the railroad common carrier failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the course of his employment with defendant beginning in September 2012 to the present in St. Louis, he was subjected to repetitive and excessive ergonomics and unsafe postures, resulting in severe injuries to his right shoulder and lower body extremities. 

The plaintiff holds National Railroad Passenger Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide safe working conditions and safe work methods and failed to train its workers of the correct posture and ergonomics to properly perform their jobs.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $25,000, plus costs of this action and any further relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by D. Matthew Dreesen of Dreesen Law Firm LLC in Chesterfield.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00928

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