Railroad worker’s family files wrongful death asbestos lawsuit

March 9th, 2012

The family of New Mexico railroad worker who passed away from complications due to respiratory failure and asbestosis has filed a wrongful death asbestos lawsuit against his former employer. The family of Santiago Riley alleges that BNSF Railway failed to provide safe working conditions and exposed Riley to products containing asbestos.

Riley worked for the railroad company from 1942 until 1955. During this period, he repaired locomotives that contained asbestos and routinely worked around other toxic substances. The asbestos lawsuit alleges that BNSF Railway failed to provide its employees with any protective gear or warn them about the risks of asbestos exposure.

Riley later developed breathing complications and was diagnosed with asbestosis—a disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to asbestosis and mesothelioma, which affect more than 4,000 workers in the United States every year.

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