US Department of Labor Finds 2 Companies in Violation of Federal Railroad Safety Act
Chicago IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered two railroad companies to pay three workers a total of $650,729.14 in back wages and damages for retaliating against them for reporting workplace injuries and safety concerns. The orders resulted from investigations conducted by the Chicago office of the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which were initiated upon receiving complaints from the employees.
“It is critically important that railroad employees in the Midwest and across the nation know that OSHA intends to defend the rights of workers who report injuries and safety concerns,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “We will use the full force of the law to make sure that workers who are retaliated against for reporting health and safety concerns are made whole.”
OSHA conducted the investigations under the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, as amended by the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Railroad carriers are subject to the FRSA, which protects employees who report violations of any federal law, rule or regulation relating to railroad safety or security, or who engage in other protected activities.