Safety hazard outweighs owning up to misconductWorker suspended for absent-minded mistake03/06/2013|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2013 A Manitoba employee’s mistake that caused a safety hazard in the workplace was worthy of a two-day suspension, an arbitrator has ruled.Scott Grant was an operator in the Winnipeg plant of Interprovincial Cooperative (ICL), a manufacturer of agricultural products such as herbicides and pesticides. Grant was initially hired in 1998 as a production worker and was later promoted to the position of operator.On Jan. 25, 2012, Grant was formulating an herbicide out of raw materials including a chemical solution called DMA, an acid and water. DMA was a dangerous chemical that required careful handling and the close following of the formulation procedure for the herbicide. Water had to be added to the mixer — a receptacle in which the ingredients were combined to make the herbicide — first, so it would suppress the chemical reaction when the DMA and the other ingredient were mixed together. Without water, the chemicals would form a toxic vapour cloud that could cause skin and eye burns and heat the mixer to the point where an explosion could occur. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.