Amtrak employee says company's negligence caused electrical shock

A former Amtrak employee injured three years ago from an electrical shock blames the incident on on the company, saying that his managers did not follow the proper protocols that would have prevented the accident.

Brian Kilgore, of Levittown, filed the suit at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming that Amtrak violated the Federal Employers' Liability Act by failing to provide safe workplace.

According to court documents, Kilgore was in the process of moving a light tower at the North Philadelphia Station at Broad and Glenwood streets on June 7, 2011. Kilgore says that his managers failed to deactivate the wires connected to the tower, causing his shock.

Kilgore suffered injuries to his feet, head, arms, plus his ones and tissue. He also sustained cardiac and neurological injuries that required prolonged hospitalization. The complaint says that Amtrak's negligence forced Kilgore to lose his potential earning power and seek medical attention at great expense.

The Federal Employers' Liability Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 1908 to compensate railroad workers injured on the job. Kilgore is seeking damages in excess of $150,000. He is represented by Michael Olley of Coffey Kaye Myers & Olley.

The federal case ID number is 2:14-cv-02700-MSG.

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