Rail worker derails safety, but termination excessive

CP Rail staffer abandons train against instruction
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/10/2014

A locomotive engineer was fired after he improperly parked and then abandoned his train.

Rob Hewitt, a locomotive engineer at the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, was fired after 29 years of service.

Hewitt and his crew departed Smiths Falls, Ont., bound for Toronto. Should they fail to make Toronto’s outer switch limits within 10 hours, the collective agreement dictates that the crew would be relieved.