- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an investigation found BNSF Railway retaliated against a train conductor after he reported a knee injury.

OSHA has ordered BNSF Railway to reinstate the worker it fired and pay him about $536,000 in back pay and other damages.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas on Wednesday said the railroad disagrees with the findings and intends to appeal.

The employee, whose name was not released, was injured in late 2010 while operating a train from Vancouver, Washington, to Pasco.

OSHA said Wednesday the railroad filed disciplinary charges against the employee after he reported the injury. The employee filed a complaint with OSHA in early 2011. He was fired in August of that year.

Melonas says safety rules were not followed in that situation and safety was compromised.

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