Worker suspended twice, blames expression of safety concerns

You Make the Call
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/03/2018

This instalment of You Make the Call features a worker who was suspended twice after he came into conflict with management over potential safety issues.

Alexandru Ichim was an electrical electronic technician for Nestle Confectionery at its facility in Toronto. He performed preventative maintenance on the facility’s machinery and responded to calls dealing with breakdowns or other mechanical issues. He was part of a team of similar technicians who were assigned work by a lead hand.

 On Oct. 15, 2015, Ichim was assigned to work on the motor of a product saver machine. The maintenance team leader went to check on Ichim to see how he was doing and found the motor replaced but not reconnected. The motor connection was open and the panel wasn’t locked out — a safety risk and violation of Nestle’s lock-out/tag-out procedure. The maintenance team leader put a lock and tag on the machine and when he found Ichim, he asked him why it wasn’t locked or tagged out.