A Manitoba employer pleaded guilty under Section 16.5(2) of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, M.R. 217/2006 to the charge of failing ensure safeguards on a horizontal saw were designed, constructed, installed, used and maintained in accordance with CSA Standard Z432-04, Safeguarding of Machinery.
A young worker was operating a table saw when the rotating blade made contact with the worker's right hand, resulting in lacerations to the worker's index and ring fingers and the partial amputation of the worker's middle finger.
The employer was fined $20,150, plus an additional $6,500 payable to the Workplace Safety and Health Branch to be used for the purpose of educating the public on matters relating to workplace safety and health.
A second Manitoba employer pleaded guilty and was sentenced on the following:
- Section 22.22 of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, M.R. 217/2006 to the charge of failing to securely block and prevent from falling to the ground the elevated lifting forks and mast of the Case 580 Series forklift.
- Section 22.16(1)(a) of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, M.R. 217/2006 to the charge of failing to ensure or take any precaution or safe action whatsoever to restrict access to the hazard created by the elevated lifting forks and mast of the Case 580 Series forklift.
A worker was fatally injured while assisting another worker in fixing a Case 580 Series forklift. During the previous shift the forks on the forklift had jammed in the raised position. While attempting to repair the forklift, the forks fell striking the worker.
The employer was fined $87,500.
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