WARREN - A seasonal worker in the Trumbull County Engineer's Office was suspended for five days in August for using ''bad judgment'' when he used a forklift to support two summer interns working on a door of a garage at a maintenance yard in Cortland.
Engineer Randy Smith said he learned of the incident from early July when a grievance was filed after one of the interns wrote a letter to the union there in August raising concerns about her safety.
Smith said during the investigation, there were ''about four different versions of the story,'' but the investigation resulted in the determination that seasonal worker Andrew Holko could have used better judgment.
''I just felt there could have been a better decision made by the seasonal worker, so we suspended him for five days,'' Smith said.
On Thursday, what appears to be a cell phone video taken by one of the interns standing on the forklift surfaced. The 43-second recording shows two females standing on a board over the forks on the machine.
''It doesn't look that far down from the camera, but we're far down, I promise,'' said the female taking the video, laughing.
''I'm not looking, I'm just taping,'' the other female said while putting tape around a piece of glass in the garage door, which was going to be painted.
''It's only 10 feet. That's higher than a freaking basketball hoop,'' said the female taking the photo, laughing. She panned across to a nearby ladder and mercury light, saying ''We're higher than that ladder. We can almost touch this light if we wanted to.''
Smith, who provided the Tribune Chronicle the video on Friday, said the first time he watched it was Thursday. The seasonal worker's discipline was already handed down and served when the video was brought to his attention, Smith said.
Smith said the union filed a grievance based on the female's letter, but the matter isn't related to the union because seasonal workers and summer interns are ''not governed by the union contract.'' Smith also said summer interns receive safety training and told if they ever are put into a situation where they don't feel comfortable to notify their supervisor.