Sawmill employee short-sighted about safety glasses

Worker angrily refuses to wear mandatory safety gear
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/16/2014

Hector Torres’ failure to wear safety glasses was short-sighted, arbitrator Mark J. Brown recently ruled.

Terminal Forest Products suspended Torres on Sept. 5, 2013, for five days when he failed to wear safety glasses while on the job. Torres was working as a trim operator at the employer’s Mainland Sawmills location in Richmond, B.C., when the incident occurred.

On Sept. 3, 2013, charge hand Efren Ocampo observed Torres working on the trim table without safety glasses. Ocampo approached Torres and asked him to put his safety glasses on, as required by the company’s safety policy. Torres reportedly refused.