Discipline warranted for forklift safety lapse

The grievor was suspended after a forklift accident injured another worker. Despite several factors that weighed in the grievor's favour, the arbitrator found that an experienced driver should have been been operating more safety than the grievor was.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2013

A forklift operator was handed a five-day suspension after he was found to be at fault in a workplace accident.

N.M. was hired at a wire manufacturing plant in 1983. He had 10 years’ experience operating a forklift in his position as Materials Handler when he was suspended in 2011 following a workplace accident.

N.M. received regular forklift training and recertification as required. He was regarded as a skilled operator. Previous discipline did not factor into the suspension.