OSHA penalizes railroads for alleged retaliatory firings

Mar 05, 2013 | 09:58 AM |

Tags  Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway, workplace injuries, whistleblower, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dean Ikeda, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Norfolk Southern Railway Co. have been ordered to pay more than $1.43 million after firing employees who reported workplace injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said.

OSHA launched an investigation into Union Pacific Railroad after the company fired a conductor who reported that a train engineer had been injured because of a defective steel armrest, OSHA said. The agency’s investigation found that Union Pacific had retaliated against the conductor for reporting a work-related injury. ....

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