CHARLESTON -- A Kenova man is suing Norfolk Southern Railway Company after he was injured on the job.

On Jan. 4, 2008, Kevin F. Koeppen, who was employed by the defendant as a conductor, was tasked with switching cars from one place to another and was in the process of switching a tank car when hydrochloric acid leaked from an overhead pipe onto him, causing him to be injured, according to a complaint filed Aug. 26 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Koeppen claims the defendant caused him to suffer severe injuries to his eyes and face.

The defendant has a duty to provide Koeppen with a reasonably safe place to work and failed to do so, according to the suit.

Koeppen claims the defendant was negligent in providing a reasonably safe place to work and failing to properly inspect the areas where Koeppen was required to work.

Koeppen is seeking compensatory damages. He is being represented by Michael K. Wallace and Paul G. Moody.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1468

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