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Hide and Seek – FRA Considering Rules That Would Allow Railroads to Hide Safety Lapse Evidence

In years past, railroads have been caught, on numerous occasions, trying to hide evidence of safety lapses in court. As such, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is requesting the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) abandon a proposal that would give […]

Randy Appleton

New Asbestos Claim Killer Making Its Way Through Congress

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, also referred to as the FACT Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, poses significant harm to asbestos victims and their families. In short, the FACT Act would forfeit the privacy of individuals […]

Rick Shapiro

Railroads Regularly Retaliate Against Workers Who Report Safety Problems

“From October 2007 through June 2015, OSHA figures show, railroad workers filed more than 2,000 retaliation complaints.” That count comes from a railroad workplace safety investigation originally reported on FairWarning.org and reposted on Salon. The retaliations came in the form […]

Rick Shapiro

One Injured in Crash With Norfolk Southern Locomotive at Colonna’s Shipyard

A worker at Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment when the backhoe he was driving got hit by a small Norfolk Southern locomotive. According to WAVY-TV 10, the collision occurred at a marked but uncontrolled […]

Rick Shapiro

Who Bears Liability if Defective Equipment Causes a Workplace Injury or Death?

An unexpected tragedy led to the daylong closure of the main government office building for the Town of South Boston, Virginia (VA), on October 28, 2014. A steel vault door weighing several hundred pounds fell off its hinges and landed […]

Rick Shapiro

Railroad Again Cited by OSHA for Retaliating Against Worker Who Documented Safety Problems

Union Pacific on September 26, 2014, received an order from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reinstate and pay punitive damages to a rail yard worker it had illegally suspended for reporting safety problems. In announcing its ruling […]

Jim Lewis

OSHA Under Fire For Issuing Lax Penalties After Worker’s Death

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is at the receiving end of some harsh criticism from family members of an industrial worker after the man was crushed to death while at work. Frank Johnson, 62, was crushed between two railroad […]

Rick Shapiro

Asbestos Mishandling Leads To Prison Sentence

In a surprising case out of Idaho which showcases just how dangerous asbestos can be, a judge has handed down a six-month prison term to a construction supervisor who mishandled asbestos-covered pipes. The case began when it was revealed that […]

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Hollywood Production Co. Cited for Worker's Death

The Disney production company that produced the film The Lone Ranger has been fined $61,445 by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal OSHA) for a death on set last…

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In addition to the civil lawsuits, BP set to pay largest fine in history.

BP recently reached an agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil…