B.C. forklift operator terminated after denying he damaged conveyor belt

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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/15/2019

Even though he was seen via closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage running a forklift into a conveyor belt, an operator refused to admit his actions — leading to his termination.

On June 23, 2017, Michael Pederson was operating his machine at the Langley, B.C., office of CKF, a pulp and paper company. He had worked at the company since 2005, but on that day, Pederson drove his forklift into a steel frame so hard that a large concrete block was dislodged.

Afterward, Pederson was seen pushing the block back into place, as it was hanging at a dangerous angle.