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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Employee's Hard Hat Hits Support Beam - $300,000 Awarded

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A Norfolk Southern Railway Co. employee reported an injury when he hit his hard hat against a horizontal support beam. After conducting an investigative hearing, the railroad charged the employee with falsifying his injury and subsequently terminated him on Oct. 8, 2010. The employee appealed, and a Public Law Board upheld the railroad's decision while reducing the termination to a suspension with no back pay.

The Times Free Press reports that an OSHA investigation "found that the railroad’s investigative hearing 'was severely flawed and orchestrated to intentionally support management’s decision to terminate the employee.'"

The article goes on to report that "The employee will receive $200,000 in punitive damages, $75,000 in compensatory damages and $25,123.40 in attorney’s fees."

Read the article here.

A Second Major Whistleblower Penalty Announced Last Week

The Bellevue Reporter (WA) has an article providing information from an OSHA press release about a $350,000 whistleblower penalty imposed against T-Mobile and its parent company Deutsche Telekom.  OSHA stated that they had substantiated the employee’s complaint, which alleged termination for raising concerns about the possibility of millions of dollars in fraudulent roaming charges being levied on hundreds of international corporate customers.

Read the Bellevue Reporter article here.


The Washington Post reports that T-Mobile will appeal the decision.

Related Past Posts:
Three Companies Reach Whistleblower Settlements With OSHA
OSHA Orders Union Pacific to Pay $300,000 to Whistleblower
OSHA Orders Railroads To Pay Three Employees $650,000

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