Worker fired for unsafe behaviour

Arbitrator sides with employer that was trying to improve safety record, comply with Ministry order
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An arbitrator refused to award a worker his job back after he tampered with machinery, in direct violation of an order from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, in order to make his job easier.

Peter Schramm was fired by Canadian General Tower Ltd. after he taped down a button on a paper re-reeler on April 21, 2002.

Arbitrator Rick MacDowell of the Ontario Arbitration Board said the company had a less than stellar safety record in the workplace, but had been working closely with its union and the Ministry to make the workplace safer following a string of charges and convictions under the