Employers warned to check older workers' resume claims
Employee killed in smelter accident
An accident at Vale's Copper Cliff smelter has left a 36-year-old employee dead and a 28-yeal-old co-worker with "serious injuries".
A spokesperson with the mining company said the accident happened at its Sudbury, Ont., casting and crushing plant on Sunday.
Emergency services were called to the smelter at about 6:30 p.m. ET.
The 36-year-old was pronounced dead at the smelter. A 28-year-old man suffered "serious injuries" and was taken to hospital. He's now in stable condition, police say.
Vale is withholding the name of the man who died until all of his family has been notified.
Sudbury police and the Ontario Ministry of Labour as well as representatives of Vale and the United Steelworkers Local 6500 are investigating.
Vale said the smelter is currently not operating.
Figures from an English study show jobs market pressure tempts employees to embellish achievements, and
older workers are more likely to get away with it as CV checks for this group are often overlooked, figures have revealed.
The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), the government’s verification service, warned employers that employees who graduated in the 1990s and before could be tempted to exaggerate their achievements as they face pressure from fresh graduates. This pressure is more keenly felt as more than two-thirds of new graduates are obtaining a 2:1 or first class degree.
The body said that of the 20,288 references requested over the past two years, only 16 per cent of enquiries were about qualifications gained by people who graduated in the 1990s, and this percentage fell to just 8 per cent for people who left university before the 1990s.
HEDD said that 8 per cent of enquiries were classified as ‘unverified’ when the CV claims could not be confirmed. Reasons for this include incomplete or incorrect information from the candidate, for example using married names instead of maiden names. However, the reference body said there was also evidence of degree subject changes, grade inflation, fake certificates and bogus institutions.