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Track Switch Operator Files Suit For Injuries Suffered From Defective Switch


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A personal injury suit has been filed against Granite City, Illinois-based Tube City IMS, LLC alleging that switchman William Wiley was injured on April 1, 2007 while attempting the throw a switch that had locked up.

The complaint, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois on May 14, alleges that Wiley was injured while working as a switchman for United States Steel. According to Wiley, the track switch was owned and maintained by Tube City on its own property.

Wiley alleges that an inspection of the switch revealed that it had a defective switch assembly which caused the level to drop out of position when it was being thrown, which would suddenly cause it to lock with no warning.

According to Wiley, the switch was replaced with a newer, safer model by Tube City after his accident.

Wiley alleges that Tube City was negligent in its failure to inspect, maintain, repair, or replace the switch and failure to warn users of the potential hazard of the switch during foreseeable use.

According to Wiley, as a result of the defective switch, he was caused severe and permanent injuries to his left shoulder which resulted in great pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. He seeks damages in excess of $50,000 in addition to costs of suit.



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