As overnight stockers one of the most basic essential work tools we need is the pallet jack. While the store managers claim they receive maintanence, the jacks have not been serviced (or serviced correctly) in over a year. In the three years I have worked at this store, I have been injured twice using this equipment. The first being a sprained left shoulder, and the second time my lower back. Anytime I refuse to use the unsafe equipment I get called into the office and "coached" for my "lack of performance."
It recently happened again today Sept 6th 2010. My back has still not fully recovered (tho the workers comp docs released me to full duty) and I have WITHOUT COMPLAINT sucked it up and used the unsafe pallet jacks until recently. My back injury has flaired up again and because of that I have not used the pallet jacks for the past two days.
I am, for whatever reason, one of 3 people who always have to perform the duty of "puller" eventho there are several other people capable and who are not overworked from the use of the shotty equipment.
My manager called me into the office to give me a written "coaching" for my performance today... the only issue being the past two days!
I am fed up with dealing with this unfair treatment and refuse to get hurt using their equipment. Any records "proving" maintenence has occurred is PHONY because I use this equipment everyday and the pallet jacks get worse and worse. I have pictures and want to report them for retaliation and I want to sue. Anyone reading this please let me know if this would be an adequate reason to sue.