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OSHA Orders New Jersey Transit To Pay To Workers For Violation

OSHA Orders New Jersey Transit To Pay To Workers For Violation
The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA after investigating a whistle blower found that New Jersey Transit had retaliated against a worker for reporting a work-related illness thus violating the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

According to the investigation, an employee was brought up on charges for missing work by the the railroad after suffering a job-related sickness after witnessing a fatal accident that involved another worker. The worker was also retaliated by the railroad cutting off his pay and suspending him as well. The employee faced financial and personal losses due to the retaliatory acts. The employee then filed a whistle blower complaint with OSHA, alleging about the retaliation by the railroad for reporting the work-related illness. An investigation was conducted by OSHA's Whistle blower Protection Program under the whistle blower provisions of the FRSA. They found merit to the employee’s complaint and ordered a relief.

Any employee has the legal right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation. This case will send a clear message that retaliating against an employee for exercising the rights given to them will be held accountable.

OSHA has enforced the whistle blower protection provisions to protect workers who report violations of various workplace safety, trucking, securities, public transportation airline, securities, pipeline, environmental, securities and consumer product safety laws.

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, an employer is responsible for providing safe and healthful work environment for their employees. OSHA safety courses will be the step to protect employees and help them to stay current with the latest safety trend. The OSHA safety training programs are provided online by many websites today.