Suspension set aside after confusion over safety rule

Worker who drove himself to get medical attention after injury claimed he was unaware of rule prohibiting it
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/16/2015

An Alberta arbitrator has set aside an employee’s suspension for violating a safety rule by driving himself to receive medical treatment after a workplace injury.

Neil Thomas worked for Russel Metals, a distributor and processor of steel products operating facilities in Alberta, as a laser operator. Hired in December 1999, his duties included using a laser to cut steel plates in the plant. Thomas, like all Russel Metals employees, received first-hand training and were reminded of the company’s health and safety loss control manual at regular tool box meetings.