Railroad Workers, Fired For Reporting Injuries, Awarded $802,000, Feds Rule

If you work in a dangerous industry, you know injuries are a risk. You probably don't expect, however, that getting fired for reporting your injury is a risk too. But this week the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a railroad operator $802,000 for allegedly doing just that -- not once, but three times in three separate states, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

In 2009, Norfolk Southern fired an employee in Greenville, S.C., after he reported being injured by a company truck that struck him. The next year, the company fired an engineer in Louisville, Ky., and a conductor in Harrisburg, Pa., after they reported injuries from falling in or near company bathrooms, according to an OSHA press release.