Supermarket owner found guilty when vendor’s hand caught in conveyor belt

|Canadian Employment Law Today

R. v. Drosts Supermarket Ltd., 2003 CarswellNB 458, 2003 NBQB 384 (N.B. Q.B.)

Save Easy is a medium-sized supermarket in the Village of Bath, N.B. It is a family business owned by Gailen Drost, who has been actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the store for nearly 40 years.

In 2001 a Coca-Cola employee was delivering 260 12-packs of Coke to Drost. The employee had been making deliveries to Drost for about 20 years, and knew exactly where to drop off the pop. A series of conveyor belts took products down into the basement.