N.B. sawmill labourer fired after failure to lock out lumber equipment

Company, worker shared blame for miscommunications
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/19/2018

During a lumber mill shutdown, a labourer sticker picker was advised to clean his area but he neglected to follow a Plaster Rock, N.B., employer’s procedure and lock out his equipment.

Andy Jenkins had worked at the Twin Rivers Paper mill since 1997 (with an absence from 2008 until 2014) when on Nov. 1, 2017, Galen Corbin, supervisor, approached Jenkins and a co-worker and told them to clean-up their work areas during a mill downtime. 

Jenkins pushed the E-stop, which was an emergency-stop button, then he pulled out two of three disconnects for his equipment. He went to the top deck, then pushed debris from beneath and placed it on the belt.