BNSF reaches deal with OSHA

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 am

BNSF Railway has changed its policies on workplace injuries and whistle-blowers as part of an agreement with regulators.

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

OSHA said BNSF's policies violated whistle-blower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act and discouraged injury reporting.

The railroad, owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, will also require managers to review cases where an employee who reported an injury is disciplined.

BNSF agreed to settle 36 whistle-blower complaints from employees.

BNSF Vice President Mark Schulze said he was glad the railroad could work with regulators constructively to resolve this issue.

The Omaha World-Herald Co. is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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