Employer actions violate Health and Safety Act

The grocery store had provided an anti-fatigue mat for cashiers on the self-checkout station. When it was removed to encourage the cashiers to more around more, the union grieved. The arbitrator found that the mat was a "reasonable precaution" against injury under the OHSA.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/09/2012

When the employer removed an anti-fatigue floor mat from a shared workstation, the union grieved.

The employer operated a chain of retail grocery stores. In 2005, the employer set up a “u-scan” desk that allowed customers to check themselves out by scanning and paying for their grocery items by themselves.

Five u-scan terminals were grouped around a central desk that was staffed by a store clerk. The job of the clerk was to help customers when they had problems and to recruit new customers to try the u-scan.