CSX Transportation Inc., has been hit with a deluge of cancer-related lawsuits in the past year by employees who worked for the company as far back as early as 1969 through the 2000s.
The latest lawsuit, filed by family members of a former CSX electrician, claims the company was negligent by failing to provide the worker with a respirator while working on and around trains. As a result, the electrician was exposed to dangerous chemicals that contributed to the development of his stomach cancer, the lawsuit claims. The family is suing for “loss of future benefits including a loss of pension benefits due to his reduced life expectancy.”
Several of the 27 lawsuits filed in recent months claim that the former employees were exposed to benzene, asbestos, diesel fuel, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, rock dust and manganese, which led to the workers developing prostate cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, and abdomen cancer.
Asbestos and benzene are known carcinogens. Asbestos is a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. Benzene is a chemical that has been linked to various forms of leukemia, including acute myeloid leukemia, or AML.
CSX employs about 25,000 people in 23 states. The company withheld comment on the litigation saying it does not comment on matters before the court.
Union Pacific and BNSF railways have also been hit with a slew of similar lawsuits in recent years.
Source: First Coast News