Unsafe trucker sent down the road

Truck driver’s unsafe passing of other trucks and poor attitude validated employer’s safety concerns
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

A federally regulated trucking company had just cause to dismiss a driver for two incidents of unsafe driving within a short period of time, an adjudicator has ruled.

Daniel Niccolls was a truck operator for Goulet Trucking, a trucking company based in Calgary with offices in Shaunavon and Unity, Sask. Goulet’s trucks carried crude oil, crude oil emulsion, fresh and produced water, and blowback fluids.

Goulet took the safety of its employees, clients, the public and the environment seriously and had a safety policy that reinforced that philosophy. The policy stipulated that failure to comply would result in discipline and possibly dismissal. Niccolls acknowledged receiving and reading a copy of the policy when he started working with the company.