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In 2016, six serious incidents involving injury from meat slicers occurred in Manitoba's three largest grocery chains. These injuries took place while a worker was either cleaning the meat slicer or reaching across the slicer blade. None occurred while the operator was slicing meat. In one case, the worker was cleaning the slicer while wearing mesh gloves; after removing the gloves, the worker noticed something on the blade and tried to remove it, causing a laceration.Meat slicer injuries can range from minor to major cuts and amputation of fingers. Contributing to the risk of injury are lack of training, improper use of guards and failure to wear protective gloves.
SAFE Work Manitoba, a division of the WCB, is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.