Safety insensitive staffer reinstated

Mill operator should learn from mistakes, arbitrator says
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/25/2014

After he was fired for dangerous work on the line of a lumber mill, Mike Christensen was given a second chance and reinstated by an arbitrator.

At West Fraser Mills, headquartered in Vancouver, Christensen had worked as a planer mill operator for three years before he was fired.

As part of his regular duties, Christensen was responsible for loading and feeding slabs of lumber on to the feeder belt. Only regular-sized lumber in good condition should be passed through the operator. The planer mill feeder’s position is also a dangerous one. There is the risk of injury to both the planer feeder and other employees if he is not attentive, as lumber constantly moves past the worker and is accelerated at high speeds.