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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered a Colorado maker of recreational equipment to pay a former employee more than $125,000 after finding the company retaliated against the employee for reporting safety concerns.
OSHA ordered Boulder, Colorado-based TruBlue L.L.C., doing business as Head Rush Technologies, to pay the unnamed former employee back wages and damages after determining the company retaliated against the employee in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, according to an agency press release issued on Tuesday.
The company terminated the employee for insubordination after the worker suggested to the company's chief executive officer that more safety research be conducted on zip-line equipment, according to OSHA’s investigation. Head Rush develops and manufactures products used for climbing, zip-line, free-fall and other recreational activities.
"An employee should feel and be free to exercise their rights under the law, especially when it comes to safety, without fear of retaliation by their employer," Gregory Baxter, regional OSHA administrator in Denver, said in the statement.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule to protect whistleblowers who raise concerns about potential violations under the health care law.