Railroad employee files FELA suit over digging injury

By Mark Payne | Jan 7, 2015


A railroad company is facing a lawsuit from an employee who claims he sustained injuries because it failed to provide a safe environment or tools to do his job safely.

Richard Bruno filed a lawsuit Dec. 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against Indian Harbor Belt Railroad Co. under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).

According to the complaint, Bruno was working on the railroad company’s property in Riverdale known as the Blue Island Hump Yard on Jan. 10, 2013. He was a signal maintainer, the suit states, and was expected to dig up a junction box buried under 2 feet of frozen ground, which was also topped with ballast.

During the digging process, Bruno claims he suffered injuries to his back and joints. He accuses Indian Harbor Belt Railroad Co. of failing to provide a safe work environment and  proper tools and should have known the risk involved with digging in that area.

Bruno is represented by attorney Scott C. Sands of Sands & Associates in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2014L012922.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and represents only one side of the story.

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