Conductor accuses railway company of unsafe work environment

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 28, 2018

PINEVILLE — A conductor is suing a railway operator, alleging an unsafe work environment led to injuries.

Jeremy B. Gautier of Wyoming County filed a complaint in Wyoming Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, alleging violation of the Employers' Liability Act.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 6, 2016, Gautier was injured by a defective handbrake and brake sticke while he was working for Norfolk Southern at Rockview in Pineville. The suit says Gautier sustained serious and permanent injuries to his eye, nose and back, requiring surgery. 

The plaintiff alleges Norfolk Southern Railway failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work and failed to maintain the defective railcar and defective brake stick.

Gautier seeks trial by jury, judgment in an amount to be proved at trial, plus costs and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorneys Bert Ketchum of Greene, Ketchum, Farrell & Tweel LLP in Huntington, and by John D. Steel and John A. Moss of Steel & Moss LLP in Atlanta.

Wyoming Circuit Court case number 18-C-109

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