OSHA Orders Norfolk Southern to Pay 3 Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Corp. to pay more than $1 million to three workers who were fired after they reported on-the-job injuries.

The order stems from investigations by OSHA that found the railroad operator wrongfully fired a crane operator based in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a thermite welder and a welder’s helper based in western Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Department of Labor said last Thursday that Norfolk Southern violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act’s whistleblower provisions.

Norfolk Southern also must expunge the workers’ disciplinary records, train employees on their whistleblower protection rights, and post a notice regarding these rights.

OSHA has issued similar orders in several other whistleblower cases against Norfolk Southern in the past two years.