Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries and Fatalities

Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries and Fatalities

March 2020

A Manitoba employer recently pleaded guilty to:
  • Section 2.1.1(a) of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, M.R. 217/2006 to the charge of failing to develop safe work procedures for the use of dunnage to secure a load on a trailer done at the workplace.
A worker was guiding the loading of steel bundles of powerline tower components onto a flatbed trailer of another subcontracted trucking company. While the driver was securing the load straps, another worker who was assisting noticed that a bundle of steel was hanging over the end of the dunnage, and pointed that out to the driver. The worker then reached up to try and push the bundle further back onto the trailer, while the strap was being tightened. As this occurred, the bundle pivoted off the rear dunnage and fell off the trailer. The truck driver was unsuccessful in his attempt to grab the bundle as it fell. The bundle struck the worker on the right side of his head and he fell to the ground. The worker was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The employer was fined $100,000, plus an additional $30,000 for court costs, and a $20,000 Victim Services surcharge.
 
A second Manitoba employer recently pleaded guilty to:
  • Section 4(2)(b) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act C.C.S.M. c. W210 to the charge of failing to provide its worker with information, instruction, training and/or supervision to ensure the safety and health of the worker.
A worker was operating a Tiger Saw in order to cut lumber to be used in the manufacturing of wooden pallets. As the worker attempted to remove an off-cut that had jammed, the worker's left hand came into contact with the rotating saw blade. The worker suffered critical injuries to his hand.

The employer was fined $42,000, plus an additional $10,500 Victim Services surcharge. 
 
Understanding employer responsibilities related to safety and health is an important part of preventing injuries in the workplace. SAFE Work Manitoba offers injury prevention information, including:

Find more information here on workplace safety and health prosecutions.

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