Worker suspended after putting tape on warning light to make it look like goal light

Even if a supervisor was aware a worker had disabled a safety mechanism, it wouldn’t make the worker any less responsible, says arbitrator
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled that even if a supervisor was aware a worker had disabled a safety mechanism, it wouldn’t make the worker any less responsible.

Aaron Tait was an assistant calendar operator for Scapa Tapes. In April 2004, during the hockey playoffs, he put blue tape over a warning strobe light that flashes whenever the calendar machine is in operation to make it look like a goal light.

The machine cuts and spools tape and poses a danger to anyone in the immediate vicinity. In addition to the strobe light, a siren goes off that warns workers a cutting operation is about to start.