OSHA Orders $1.1 Million in Damages Against Norfolk Southern After Safety Complaints

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in compensatory and punitive damages following a pair of whistleblower complaints alleging that the freight rail company illegally fired three workers who complained about safety issues, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Feb. 28.

OSHA said it found violations of the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) involving workplace accidents in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Since August 2007, when OSHA was given authority over FRSA whistleblower complaints, the agency has received more than 1,200 complaints. Sixty percent of the complaints involved allegations that an employer retaliated after an employee reported a workplace injury.

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