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OSHA orders Wisconsin Central to pay $350k to former conductor

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A railroad has been ordered to pay $350,000 to a conductor who was fired for not saying quickly enough that he was hurt on the job in Manitowoc.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fine Thursday against the Wisconsin Central -- and the railroad was ordered to give the man his job back.

The company's parent firm, Canadian National, says it disagrees with the penalty and is considering an appeal.

OSHA said the conductor was injured during a 60-day probationary period. He reported his injury the day it occurred, but not until after his work shift ended.

OSHA said the railroad fired him on his last day of probation, claiming he didn't report the injury early enough.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)