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OSHA: BNSF reforms policies on injuries, whistleblowers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF railroad reformed its policies on workplace injuries and whistleblowers as part of an agreement with regulators.

The federal Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the pact with BNSF Tuesday.

According to OSHA, BNSF’s policies violated whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act and discouraged injury reporting.

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Railroad workers file more whistleblower complaints than any other industry it oversees, according to OSHA.

The railroad will also require managers to review cases where an employee who reported an injury is disciplined.

BNSF agreed to settle 36 employee whistleblower complaints.

BNSF Vice President Mark Schulze said he’s glad the railroad could resolve this issue constructively.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen union praised the agreement as a home run for workers.

BNSF is owned by Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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