The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is coming down hard on Norfolk Southern Railway Co. The administration last week ordered the railroad giant to pay $1.1 million to three employees, claiming Norfolk retaliated against them after they reported injuries.
After conducting two investigations, OSHA ruled on Thursday that Norfolk violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower regulations when it fired three employees. In one case, Norfolk fired a crane operator in Indiana after he reported that a sliver of metal landed in his eye on the job. In a second incident, a welder and a welder’s assistant reported being injured in a traffic accident, and Norfolk ultimately fired both of them.