When the employee reported the injuries, NS supervisors accused him of making false statements and fired him on those -- as it proved -- spurious grounds. The worker then complained to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the agency determined the railroad violated his rights under the whistleblower provisions of the FRSA. The act provides every railroad worker the right to report an injury without fear of retaliation or intimidation. This relatively new law is intended to prevent the abusive practice of big railroads of threatening the jobs of workers who report accidents. Such intimidation tactics include holding lengthy investigations whose real purpose is to find evidence the company can use to fire an employee who points out safety problems.
An injured railroad worker should hold the negligent employer responsible for workplace injuries with the assistance of North Carolina FELA accident lawyers. If railroad officials try to harm your career just for getting hurt, you have rights and should report the threats to OSHA through a lawyer who knows the federal railroad law. Note you only have 6 months from the adverse action to make the claim, far less than the 3 years to sue for the FELA injury case itself.