Union Pacific Employee Claims He Suffered From Diesel Exhaust

June 1, 2006

A former train conductor for Union Pacific filed a Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit against the railroad alleging that he suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of working around diesel exhaust and other hazardous chemicals from 1969 to 2004.

Rodney Bolle claims that his former employer failed to warn him of the risks and dangers of diesel fumes, and neglected to provide him with a reasonably safe work environment, safe appliances, or sufficient help.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Union Pacific failed to properly inspect its equipment to determine the levels of diesel exhaust, failed to adequately train their employees to evade diesel fume exposure, failed to provide a working air conditioner or heater, and permitted unsafe conduct to become standard practice.

Bolle claims he suffered from severe, painful, and permanent injuries to his respiratory system and other parts of his body.

The lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 to recover damages including medical expenses, lost income capacity, loss of ability to work, and loss of enjoyment of life.

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