Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury. The railroad says it plans to appeal. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), this is the third time since 2011 that Union Pacific had violated federal rules by disciplining workers who reported injuries and sought treatment. OSHA says a locomotive engineer based in North Platte, Neb., who was injured in a December 2013 collision, was disciplined afterward. According to OSHA, this worker had never been disciplined before in 35 years of working for the railroad. A Union Pacific spokesman, Aaron Hunt, says the railroad strongly disagrees with the regulator’s findings and will definitely appeal.
Source: Insurance Journal
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