A Union Pacific Railway Company worker has filed suit against his employer, alleging that he suffered personal injuries when he fell while attempting to pick up a bag of ice melt left in the doorway of a locomotive.


On November 4, Steven M. Augustine Jr. filed suit against Union Pacific in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court.


According to the suit, Augustine was working as a manager of train operations for Union Pacific on December 29, when he spotted a bag of ice melt that had been left in the doorway of Union Pacific locomotive 722.


Augustine claims that when he attempted to move the bag, he fell and struck his head and left shoulder.


Augustine claims the fall caused him to suffer injuries to his head, neck, and left shoulder, incur medical expenses, and experience loss of wages and extreme pain, disability, and disfigurement.


Augustine alleges negligence on the part of Union Pacific for failure to provide a safe workplace, failure to provide safe work conditions, failure to warn, allowing a bag of ice melt to remain in the doorway, and failure to provide a safe surface to walk on.


Augustine seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

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