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OSHA & Railroad Worker Safety: Know Your Rights

If a railroad worker wants to hold their employer liable under FELA regulations for a workplace injury or violation, they must prove that the injury resulted from a federal workplace safety violation.

OSHA safety standards and regulations are in place to protect workers from retaliation from employers and ensure a safe workplace free of violations and dangers.

Key points of OSHA railroad worker protections include:

  • Employers are required to provide workers access to OSHA standards, rules, regulations and allow employees to review them at any time.
  • Workers have the right to access their medical and work hazard exposure records.
  • Railroad employees can contact their local OSHA representative to report dangerous working conditions or safety violations and request an inspection of their workplace.
  • Employees also have the right to request a worker’s representative to join the OSHA compliance officer during any inspections.
  • Workers who file a formal, written complaint with OSHA may request to stay anonymous to ensure that their name won’t be revealed to their employer.
  • Workers are protected from retaliatory action from their employers after filing a complaint with OSHA.

It’s important to keep in mind that there are other federal regulations in place to protect railroad employees, such as the Boiler Inspection Act and the Safety Appliance Act.

Navigating a workplace injury that involves multiple agencies and federal regulations is difficult without the right kind of help. If you were injured on the job, an experienced FELA attorney will help walk you through the process of understanding your rights and what recourse you might have in receiving compensation for your injuries.

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