HUNTINGTON -- A West Hamlin man is suing CSX Transportation, Inc., after he claims he sustained excessive cumulative trauma while working for the company.

Robert L. Adkins began working for CSX in 1976 in the engineering department and performed maintenance and repair for the defendant's rail bed, track and adjoining equipment, according to a complaint filed Sept. 21 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Adkins claims while working for CSX, he was exposed to excessive and harmful cumulative trauma to his upper extremities.

The defendant caused Adkins' injuries because it did not provide him with training or warnings regarding the risk factors of cumulative trauma disorders to the upper extremities.

Adkins claims CSX also failed to provide him with training or warnings regarding the signs or symptoms of the development of cumulative trauma disorders to the upper extremities.

CSX "did not seek to discover if its workers...were suffering from cumulative trauma disorders to the upper extremities or similar complaints," the complaint states.

Adkins claims CSX knew that cumulative disorders can be caused in the upper extremities and elsewhere as a result of work involving repetition, forceful movement of the hands and arms, exposure to vibrating tools, awkward posture and other bio-mechanical risk factors.

CSX failed to use ordinary care to provide Adkins a reasonably safe place in which to work; failed to comply with applicable government regulations; and failed to take any effective action to reduce the amount of cumulative trauma to which Adkins was exposed, according to the suit.

Adkins is seeking judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of $500,000 with pre-judgment interest. He is being represented by Robert F. Daley.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 11-C-701

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