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NS files objection to OSHA dismissal finding, faces traffic delays from eastern floods


Yesterday, Norfolk Southern Corp. announced it filed objections with the U.S. Department of Labor’s chief administrative law judge about a regional Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrator’s findings in an employee dismissal investigation.

The OSHA administrator concluded that the 2009 dismissal of a NS maintenance-of-way worker was retaliation for a workplace injury report submitted by the employee, thus in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act. NS officials “strongly disagree” with the findings, according to a prepared statement.
“Norfolk Southern takes very seriously its legal and ethical obligations for accurate injury reporting and fair treatment of employees,” they said, adding that OSHA has cast “unjustified aspersions” on the railroad’s “strong safety record” in its findings and in a press release accompanying the findings.

Meanwhile, NS also announced that flooding in areas of eastern Pennsylvania and New York caused by heavy rains and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are impacting operations over the Southern Tier line between Buffalo and Binghamton, N.Y. Traffic on the line heading north and east — including points in eastern New York and Massachusetts — will encounter delays, NS officials said in a service notice.

Flooding also is impacting a line between Harrisburg, Pa., and Baltimore, Md., delaying shipments to points on the route and the Delmarva Peninsula.

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