Villa Grove railroad worker awarded $1.05 million for work injury
A St. Clair County jury unanimously ordered Union Pacific Railroad to pay track welder Don Currie more than $1 million to compensate him for injuries. Currie, 48, of Villa Grove, repaired and maintained railroad track throughout central and southern Illinois for 20 years. He often was required to work what the railroad characterized as “punitive overtime hours,” without the assistance of other qualified workers. Currie was diagnosed with herniated lumbar disc and nerve root impingement, which he said were caused by his welding work that forced him to repeatedly work in prolonged awkward postures. Surgery was required to remove a disc and fuse two vertebrae; Union Pacific denied the claim.