Se Habla Español

Get your free Consultation
Current wait time: 10 seconds

Houston Truck Driver Fired For Refusing to Drive Fatigued – Awarded $24,000

Home » Houston Truck Driver Fired For Refusing to Drive Fatigued – Awarded $24,000

you are fired | Domingo Garcia Law Firm

In June of 2020 a driver for a Houston mobile crane truck company was fired after refusing to drive in excess of federal limits. The truck driver told his boss he felt he was fatigued and could not drive another shift without possibly putting other drivers at risk. According to the OSHA investigation, the employee had worked 19 hours the day prior and could not get the required time off before being forced to return to work.

A federal whistleblower investigation was launched after the employee filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. The Houston Crane Rental Company was forced to pay $14,000 in back wages, interest and compensatory damages, $10,000 in punitive damages for terminating a worker who was expressing their rights under Federal law.

Attorney Domingo Garcia applauds this employee for doing the right thing and refusing to drive tired. So many people are killed each year because of fatigued drivers, but the reality is that many truck drivers are fatigued because of pressures placed on them by truck owners and companies.

If you are ever injured in a Houston Truck Accident you should call my Houston Law Office right away.

Employee Files Whistleblower Complaint with OSHA: Wins 24k in Wages and Damages

OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor

“Crane Masters Inc. punished a driver who refused to jeopardize their safety and that of others on the road by violating federal laws that restrict how many hours a truck driver may operate a commercial vehicle each day,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Eric Harbin in Dallas. “Commercial truck drivers, mechanics and other workers are critical to our nation’s transportation infrastructure and our economy, but they should never be forced to put themselves or others at risk because of an employer’s concern for profit, or fear retaliation for exercising their legal rights.”

Crane Masters provides hydraulic truck cranes and rigging services to several industries, including construction, oil and gas, freight transportation and chemical manufacturing. It has operated for 20 years and serves the greater Houston area.

    Free Consultation


    What Happened?

    By submitting you agree to our Privacy Policy

    Find An Experienced Lawyer Near You!

    Dallas Office

    Houston Office

    Odessa Office

    Fort Worth Office

    Arlington Office

    Meet Domingo

    Attorney Domingo Garcia has led an active civic, legal and political career. He was born in Midland, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980.

    Continue Reading…