Pre-work drink never a good idea (Legal View)

Car accident revealed level of impairment that would have made it unsafe to work
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/24/2013

A Saskatchewan company had just cause to fire an employee who had alcohol in his system following a car accident on the way to work, a labour adjudicator has ruled.

John Kish was a shift leader at an oilseed crush plant in Yorkton, Sask., operated by LDM Yorkton. He had nine employees reporting to him at the plant, which featured large equipment and high-pressure steam to extract oil from canola seeds. In addition, the seeds were heated with an explosive solvent and the plant featured a high-pressure boiler and ammonia chilling site.

All of these elements created a work environment with potential danger and required a strong focus on safety.