A Norfolk Southern Railway Co. carpenter who was seriously injured when part of the bridge on which he was replacing railroad ties collapsed isn’t required to seek damages under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled June 4.

Kenneth Muhammad was performing maintenance work for the railway on its South Branch Lift Bridge, which crosses the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Va., when part of a walkway on the bridge collapsed...