2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict

A federal jury recently awarded three workers approximately $180 million in damages for injuries sustained in a 2010 explosion at a grain elevator owned by ConAgra Foods, Inc.  See Jentz v. Conagra Foods, Inc., No. 3:10-cv-00747 (S.D.I. June 1, 2012).  At the one-month trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, … Continue reading 2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict

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Railroad Ordered to Pay Disciplined Kansas Employee for Reporting Work Related Injury

BNSF Railway Co. has been ordered to pay $95,096 to a Kansas employee it disciplined for reporting a work-related injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this week that the penalty represents back wages, compensatory damages, attorney's fees and punitive damages following a whistleblower-case investigation. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the employee was suspended … Continue reading Railroad Ordered to Pay Disciplined Kansas Employee for Reporting Work Related Injury