August 27, 2014

FMCSA, OSHA strengthening worker protections

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the agencies regarding the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). The Memorandum allows for [...]

OSHA launches campaign to prevent heat illness

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It is getting hotter throughout the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a National Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers. Each year, thousands of workers experience heat-related illnesses and many even die working in the heat. This is preventable. That is why we need your help in raising awareness about the [...]

OSHA orders BNSF to pay $526,000 to fired workers

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DENVER – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has been ordered to pay more than $526,000 in back wages and other damages to two workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that the company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was in violation of the whistleblower provisions [...]

Train conductor wins whistleblower case

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A Canadian National Railway conductor who says he was wrongfully fired in 2013 could be getting his job back. “This was a whistleblower lawsuit because I was singled out and wrongfully terminated,” Wayne Laidler said. “I felt it was important to pursue the case to bring to light the way corporate America treats their employees. [...]

Grand Trunk ordered to pay conductor $244,000

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CHICAGO – Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. has been ordered to reinstate a conductor and pay him more than $244,000 in back wages and damages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that the company was in violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad [...]

OSHA orders UP to pay, reinstate whistleblower

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an injured employee and pay the worker more than $85,000 in damages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that the company, based in Omaha, Neb., was in violation of the whistleblower provisions of [...]

OSHA orders WC to pay $350,000 to conductor

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CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Wisconsin Central Limited railway in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for terminating a conductor following the reporting of a workplace injury that occurred in Manitowoc, Wis. “The majority of complaints received by OSHA under the Federal Railroad Safety Act [...]

Grand Trunk, UP ordered to pay whistleblowers

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CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Grand Trunk Western Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for suspending and/or disciplining five workers following the reporting of workplace injuries or illnesses. “When employees are disciplined for reporting workplace injuries, safety [...]

Rail hazmat emergency response programs offered

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The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program announces three HazMat/Chemical Emergency Response Training Programs will be held this spring in Houston, Texas. These programs address U.S. Department of Transportation and the Occupational Health and safety Administration required training in addition to procedures, levels of response and worker protection in a hazardous materials emergency or release, [...]

OSHA finds Illinois Central violated whistleblower law

JACKSON, Miss. – A whistleblower investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that Illinois Central Railroad Co., by conducting a disciplinary hearing, retaliated against a worker for reporting a work-related injury, which is in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act. “Railroad workers have the legal [...]