His name was Phil Baker.
For 18 years, he worked as an engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad in Georgia.
The pay was good…but there was a catch.
Black smoke from the train constantly flooded the crew cabins of the diesel trains he ran.
He ended up dying of a rare head and neck cancer.
A jury ruled all that exhaust caused it.
Anthony Nigro was also exposed to diesel exhaust every day he worked.
It came from buses he maintained for 28 years at the New York City Transit Authority.
A Workman’s Compensation judge ruled that exposure was a major cause of his lung cancer.
It took his life mere months after his retirement.
There was also a mechanic for the Illinois Central Railroad who died of throat cancer…
A machinist who died of multiple myeloma…
And a railroad trackman who lost his life to gastric cancer…