Another railroad has been hit with Federal Rail Safety Act punitive damages for disciplining injured employees based on vague safety rules. This time it’s the Burlington Northern Railroad, who charged a conductor with being "careless of the safety of yourself and others" after he reported an injury. At the disciplinary trial, the charging officer "testified that all injuries are preventable and because the conductor reported a work-injury, he must have violated that rule." Based on such Alice In Wonderland logic, the Railroad imposed a 30 day record suspension with a one year probation. But OSHA Whistleblower’s Office was not impressed with such circular logic, and imposed an award of $75,000 in punitive damages and $25,000 for emotional distress. For the full text of the FRSA Award, click here.