OSHA Tells Forms Printer To Rehire Terminated DriverMarch 2012
SALISBURY, NC—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has ordered the reinstatement of a truck driver employed by Rowan Business Forms, who was fired after reporting safety concerns about the brakes on the truck he drove for the printing company.
In 2009, the unidentified employee informed his supervisor that the company's truck was leaking brake fluid. He indicated that the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor, and he had almost hit a car in front of him. The company manager reportedly indicated that the leak would be repaired before the next trip; however, the repair was not performed.
When the truck was ready for its next delivery, the driver refused to drive it because of the unrepaired leak. The next day, Rowan Business Forms terminated the employee.
Either party to the case can file an appeal to the Labor Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.