The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is a law that protects American workers, including those in Ramsey, Minnesota, in the event of an injury or fatality in the workplace. This law also prohibits employers from retaliating, transferring, discriminating or mistreating a worker who files a complaint and reports an injury. That may be the case in the legal dispute of an injured worker against his former employer, Caterpillar Inc.
Controversy arose when the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, Caterpillar Inc., was involved in a complaint about a workplace injury. According to the report, a worker suffered a back injury five years ago after moving a box in a Caterpillar warehouse. However, the injured worker claims that he was mistreated and humiliated by his superiors after reporting the injury. The company denied the allegations, saying that they suspended the worker for violating a company rule regarding lifting objects weighing more than 50 pounds.