Dozing in the control room

Manager found employee sleeping instead of monitoring readings of toxic chemicals
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/19/2011

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee who was fired for being caught dozing while on duty.

Craig Huskinson, 52, worked for Invista, later Dupont Canada, for 20 years as an operator in the company’s refrigerants for cooling and air conditioning products department.

On Jan. 9, 2010, Huskinson was working as a control room operator while co-workers worked outside. His job was to monitor the temperature and pressure readings during the production of refrigerants, which was a hazardous process due to the high temperature, pressure and toxicity of the chemicals. He was permitted short breaks in the cafeteria, which was beside the control room and where he could keep an eye on things.