Brink’s Canada Limited has been ordered to alter the way in which guards perform their duties.
The policy in question is known as the “all off” model. The practice involves staffing armored trucks with two employees who both exit the vehicle to either drop off or pick up valuables. One employee acts as a guard, while the other is the “messenger” who handles the valuables.
Canadian officials say the practice leaves employees vulnerable to attack, and “constitutes a danger to an employee while at work.” The new procedure requires a driver to remain in the vehicle at all times, acting as the eyes and ears for other crew members.
There’s also a push by some unions to establish three-person crews.
The ruling only applies to Brink’s in the city of Edmonton. Brink’s has filed an appeal.