A heavy tractor crane operator who worked on the North Slope of Alaska says that a BP Alaska contractor fired him for raising safety concerns. The crane operator, Robert Soto, says that he raised concerns about a persistently malfunctioning safety system – known as a Load Moment Indicator (LMI) – on the crane. Soto says the system would malfunction in the middle of a job and shut down the crane, leaving him and the load hanging. If his claims are truthful, clearly a safety hazard existed which put workers at risk.
On October 17, 2007 Soto filed a complaint internally on a “red card” with his employer – the BP Alaska contractor Norcon Inc. – and he says he never heard back from the company. On September 18, 2008, Soto, who was an experienced crane operator, was fired. Retaliation against workers who report safety problems to their employers can’t be tolerated.
Source: Corporate Crime Reporter
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