Canadian National/Illinois Central employee files suit over accident involving backhoe

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 27, 2018

CHICAGO – A Kentucky man injured while operating a backhoe alleges his employer failed to adequately train him to operate it.

Dwight J. Lamb filed a complaint on Nov. 14 in Cook County Circuit Court against Illinois Central Railroad Co., doing business as Canadian National/Illinois Central, over alleged violation of the Federal Employers' Liability Act.

According to the complaint, on April 20, 2017, Lamb was injured while working for defendant as a signalman near Paducah, Ky. He alleges he was assigned to a crew to install new cable into an existing signal bungalow when the backhoe he was operating slid down a ravine and threw him from it.

The plaintiff holds Illinois Central Railroad Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to exercise ordinary care to furnish him with a reasonably safe place to work and failed to adequately train him and his co-workers in backhoe operations.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment of more than $50,000. He is represented by Robert B. Thompson of Harrington, Thompson, Acker & Harrington LTD in Chicago and Francis Daniel Petro of the Petro Law Firm in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-012352

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