Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

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Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages Posted on The National Law Review  Sunday, February 24, 2019 by Jason Zuckerman On February 19th, a Colorado jury awarded Brandon Fresquez $1,050,000 in damages in his FRSA whistleblower retaliation claim against BNSF Railway Company.  The verdict form reveals that the jury awarded $800,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.  This significant win underscores… Continue Reading Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial

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BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial Originally Posted on Bloomberg BNA –  Jan. 30, 2019, 4:15 PM District court judge failed to properly instruct jury Worker alleged termination in retaliation for injury report A former BNSF Railway Co. laborer’s claim he was fired after reporting his workplace injury is back on track. The U.S. Court of Appeals for… Continue Reading BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial

Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

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CPWR: Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection Overview: Low-dose CT scans can save lives by identifying lung cancers at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be effective. A newly published CPWR study, “Early detection of lung cancer in a population at high risk due to occupation and smoking,” validates the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendation… Continue Reading Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

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BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The… Continue Reading BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

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Researchers test transportation safety of radioactive fuel (SantaFe New Mexican – The Associated Press) The preliminary data from a test shipment of mock spent nuclear fuel that traveled from Spain to Colorado is showing promising signs, Sandia National Laboratories officials said. Researchers from the Albuquerque lab tested the safety of transporting highly radioactive fuel last year by sending a mock… Continue Reading Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

LIRR Freight Provider a Dangerous Employer

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LIRR freight provider a dangerous employer, safety group says The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) included the New York and Atlantic Railroad in its “Dirty Dozen” list of companies that put workers and communities at risk. LIRR Freight Provider a Dangerous Employer, Safety Group Says: A national worker safety watchdog group has named the Long Island… Continue Reading LIRR Freight Provider a Dangerous Employer

Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

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Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks Originally posted on Homeland Preparedness News (HPN) Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Aaron Martin  (HPN) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently highlighted a four-year Underground Transport Restoration project conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism attacks on subway systems. Conducted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate… Continue Reading Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

Trains: CSX Transportation under scrutiny

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CSX Transportation safety record comes under scrutiny as accident, injury rates rise   (From Trains.com) When a misaligned switch sent Amtrak’s Silver Star barreling into a parked CSX Transportation train in South Carolina last week, killing two Amtrak crewmen and injuring more than 100 passengers, it was a tragic example of rising accident rates at the freight railroad. CSX’s train accident and personal… Continue Reading Trains: CSX Transportation under scrutiny