If you suffer an injury on the railroad, you should not expect your employer to be supportive. Railroads can be ruthless when workers get injured. In a recent case, an Oklahoma man alleged he was terminated after a railroad injury.
A report in SETexasRecord stated Chad W. Burleson filed a complaint on Oct. 5 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.
Burleson alleges that Polivka International Co. Inc. and Kansas City Southern Railway Co. were in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act.
The complaint relates to a work-related injury Burleson sustained on Feb. 18, 2014. He was working for Polivka as a contractor at a Kansas City Southern Railway Co. job site. His injury required medical attention and leave of absence, the lawsuit states. Just over a week later on Feb. 26, 2014, he was terminated from his employment.
The former railroad worker is suing Polivka International Co. Inc. and Kansas City Southern Railway Co. over the termination.
He is represented by attorneys Lawrence P. Wilson and W. Mark Lanier.
Terminated After a Railroad Injury – You Are Not Alone
As an experienced railroad accident lawyer, I hear of many cases in which workers who report injuries are victimized and even terminated after a railroad injury.
In 2013, Norfolk Southern Railway was ordered to pay $1.1 million for terminating three railroad employees who reported injuries.
Investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the three men would not have lost their jobs had they not reported injuries.
The terminations go to the heart of the safety culture on the railroads. In 2014, a BNSF railroad worker in Washington State claimed he was fired because he took the time to test his train’s brakes.
This incident was even more alarming because the train in question was carrying propane, butane and carbon monoxide, hazardous materials that could cause serious injuries or deaths to workers and residents if a train derailed.
BNSF was accused by a number of workers and former workers of putting profits and speed above safety on the railroad.
If you have been injured on the railroad, you should be very careful about what you do or say to your employer. Call an experienced FELA accident attorney as soon as possible after your injury at (866) 455-6657.