Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries

Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries

​January 2020

A Manitoba employer recently pleaded guilty to:

  • Section 4(4)(c) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act C.C.S.M. c. W210 to the charge of failing to provide information, instruction and training to a worker to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety and health of the worker before the worker was moved to another area of the workplace or a different workplace that had different facilities, procedures or hazards.
A worker was assisting with the coupling and uncoupling of rail cars. This was the worker's first time assisting in this process as this was not a part of his regular duties. The worker was insufficiently trained for the task. At the time of the incident the worker was required to uncouple a centre beam rail car from a tank car. When the cars came to a stop the worker waited until he believed that all residual movement of the cars had ceased. The worker then stepped up on the coupler assembly. The coupler assembly of the centre beam rail car continued to retract, pinching both of the worker's feet. The worker suffered critical injuries to both feet.

The employer was fined $42,500, plus an additional $3,500 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 recently pleaded guilty to:
  • Section 16.5(1)(a) of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, M.R. 217/2006 to the charge of failing to ensure that a machine had safeguards sufficient to prevent a worker from coming into contact with points on the machine at which material is cut.
A worker was completing work on a wood crate that was to be used to ship a vertical pump. The worker was required to cut two 2" x 4" wood blocks that would secure the pump in place and prevent it from moving inside the crate during shipping. The worker used a mitre saw to cut the wood blocks but the blade guard was not installed at the time of the incident. The worker's left hand index finger came into contact with the rotating blade.  The worker suffered a critical injury to his index finger.

The employer was fined $20,000, plus an additional $5,000 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.

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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