PHILADELPHIA – An Indiana plaintiff alleges Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) and CSX Transportation, Inc. have violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), by not providing him with a safe work environment over the course of a near 40-year career.

Andrew Venezia of Marion, Ind., first filed suit on Sept. 26 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, against Conrail in Philadelphia, and CSX Transportation, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla.

“Plaintiff [Andrew] Venezia was working as a track laborer/trackman and welder, from April 1976 through June 4, 2015 within the course and scope of his employment for defendants, and during that time the defendants overexposed him to musculoskeletal stressors, such as lifting heavy objects, kneeling, squatting, climbing and walking on large ballast, such that he developed occupationally induced musculoskeletal injuries and disease(s) to his knees, requiring knee replacement surgery,” the lawsuit claims.

The plaintiff says the injuries the defendants caused him have left him unfit for employment at his previous occupation and has sustained substantial damages, in addition to mental and emotional injuries in the process. The plaintiff adds the defendants failed to provide him with a safe work environment, appropriate equipment, adequate supervision, tools and manpower.

The plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of the court’s jurisdictional minimum, plus costs and other remedies at law or in equity as the Court may deem just and proper, in addition to a trial by jury in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by David L. Lockard of David L. Lockard & Associates, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170902937

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