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Union Pacific hit with FRSA award

An employee of Union Pacific railroad was reinstated with backpay, compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and punitive damages of over $200,000 after he was terminated for reporting an injury on duty.  UP is appealing the decision, denying that it… Read More
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Getting a prompt return to work from the railroad Medical Department

I recently received a call from a railroad conductor who was having a difficult time getting the railroad medical department to approve him for a return to work following an injury.  It is not uncommon for an injured employee to be pulled out of ser… Read More
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Get medical treatment from your own doctor

Following a workplace injury, most railroads require an injured employee to be examined by a physician on the railroad’s staff or by an outside doctor with whom it has a contractual relationship.  Your interaction with this doctor should be limit… Read More
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The importance of worker solidarity

“An injury to one is the concern of all.”  – slogan of The Knights of Labor, circa 1880?s This slogan is perhaps of greater importance in the railroad industry than most other industries in America.  Railroad workers are not covered by work… Read More
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You have a right to immediate medical attention

If you suffer an injury on the railroad that requires immediate treatment,  demand that your supervisor get you to the nearest hospital.  Do not allow the supervisor to delay your treatment so that he or she can discuss the incident with you, fill… Read More
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Why the FRSA works

Railroads have a long history of trying to intimidate their employees so workplace injuries are not reported and legitimate FELA claims are not pursued.  Employees that file claims are quickly the target of threats and discipline for being … Read More
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FRSA – Protection against retaliation

The Federal Rail Safety Act (“FRSA”) was recently amended to give railroad employees a remedy when they are retaliated against for reporting on-the-job injuries.  The provisions of this law have the potential to change the entire culture of the… Read More
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