Union Pacific facing dozen lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace


A dozen former Union Pacific workers have filed identical lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Omaha, saying they were exposed to cancer-causing materials in violation of federal law while working the trains, yards, shops and tracks of the Omaha-based freight railroad.

The lawsuits were filed by former employees, or the estates thereof, who worked in six states, including Iowa. The suits allege negligence via failure to use “ordinary care and caution” by not removing dangerous materials from the workplace and failure to monitor and test work sites for health hazards.

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