The Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Brush Creek-based trucking company Mark Alvis Inc. to reinstate a former truck driver and pay him more than $180,000 in back pay, interest, and compensatory and punitive damages. OSHA determined the company illegally terminated him for refusal to drive while fatigued and ill and to violate hours- of-service regulations.

The order follows OSHA’s determination that the company violated the trucker’s rights under the whistleblower provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by terminating him for his refusal to drive while fatigued and ill as well as to violate the hours-of-service requirements outlined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.