An employee of BNSF Railway Company has filed suit against his employer, claiming that he sustained personal injuries while employed as a machinist for the company.

Since 1972, Gerald Payne has been an employee of BNSF. He claims that on November 25, as he was working, he sustained injuries to his neck, right shoulder, and right arm while replacing a turbo screen on BNSF 2500.

Payne also alleges that his duties at work caused him long-term cumulative trauma which led to injuries to his shoulders, hands, wrists, and elbows.

Payne claims that his injuries have caused him to suffer disability, pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, and lost earning capacity and incur medical expenses, according to the suit he filed in Illinois’ Madison County Circuit Court on January 22.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of BNSF for failure to provide Payne with a safe workplace, failure to provide safe and proper tools, failure to provide safe work methods, failure to properly supervise, failure to warn, and failure to hire a sufficient number of machinists.

Payne seeks unspecified damages from the two-count suit.

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