Your phone goes off at work – it’s a text, a message, or a call from a friend. It may be tempting to pull out your phone and see what’s going on, but even a quick look at your mobile device can result in serious consequences.
Two forklift operators at a bottling plant were recently found guilty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for using their mobile phones. Even though the two workers had their machinery shut off and claimed they were only using their phone to check the time, the court ruled that such actions would pose a danger to the operators and others around them. Furthermore, the operators’ actions went directly against the Employer’s rule of prohibiting the use of mobile devices in the warehouse.
Negligence while operating heavy machinery, vehicles, or work equipment can easily cause an accident or an injury—it’s not worth checking your cell phone over. Even though the forklift operators did not have their machinery on and running, the court still found them guilty and stated that their actions could have put other workers nearby at risk. The Occupational Health and Safety Act exists to prevent distraction, inattentiveness, but most of all, to keep everyone safe.