Consolidated Rail Named in FELA Lawsuit

Nov 30, 2006

A former Consolidated Rail employee has filed a Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit, claiming that he developed an asbestos-related illness as a result of the company’s failure to provide a safe working environment.

James Graetz worked as an engineer, hostler, and fireman for Consolidated from 1950 until 1990. During that time, he claims he was exposed to various hazardous materials including asbestos, silica, and coal dust.

According to his complaint, his employer knew or should have known of the dangers associated with the toxic, potentially deadly, substances. The complaint states that Consolidated failed to provide its employees with a safe place to work and consistently engaged in unsafe business practices.

Consolidated is accused of various FELA violations, as well as violations of the Federal Boiler Inspection Act and the Federal Safety Appliance Act. Also named as defendant in the lawsuit is American Premier Underwriters.

Graetz said that he has suffered extreme pain, anxiety, and mental anguish as a consequence of his asbestos-related illness. He is seeking damages for loss of earning capacity, shortened life expectancy, and impaired enjoyment of life, among other things.

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