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Unless they have given you the promise that they would re-hire you if they could in writing then it is only words. Have you ever been in a awkward situation where you said some things that were not really true or told someone what they wanted to hear so they would not bother you again? This could be happening with you bosses. They are playing the good guy saying that they have no power over HR (the bad guy) and they cannot do anything. Then they tell you that you can appeal it so that they do not have to deal with a employee that is pissed off at them. I think that is BS. I am sure that if they thought you were that valuable of an employee then they would of protected you. Like member said it seems that they do not want to be at fault for unsafe working conditions that lead to the accident. I am not sure if it would involve OSHA but some organization would probably be all over them if they admit that they had such unsafe conditions and not fixing them.
Like Fast has said get legal council. Look at it with the worst case scenario. If you decide to not get a lawyer involved and make the appeal then at worst you will still be fired and be out of a job with no income and may not get a good reference which is pretty likely. If you retain a lawyer then it gives you many more options. They can tell you what the best course of action is and at the very least help you write you appeal with the highest chance of being accepted. The worst case is that you will be able to sue the company and since they pretty much know that they were at fault they will either give you your job back or settle with you so you have some cash.
Just go talk to one. A lot of them will give you a free consultation. You really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
Also in the future if you notice such unsafe conditions then you should bring it to the attention of your manager and if they blow you off you can file a complaint with OSHA and they will send someone out to inspect. They cannot fire you for doing that.
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