The short answer is yes, the workers could have refused to work under these conditions under the Canada Labour Code which they fall under for jurisdictional purposes being housed on federal land. In fact, at different times, specific jobs were refused by workers until their safety could be ensured. However, it is hard to fathom how hard it is for a worker to potentially put their job on the line when working for an employer that treats them the way that Sterling Fuels does in regard to Health and Safety. The workers at this facility are put in harm’s way just by showing up to work every day.
Why did the workers continue to work under these conditions, couldn’t they refuse under the Health and Safety Act?
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