Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries

Safe Work: An Important Part of Preventing Injuries

​​​August 2021

Four employers were recently prosecuted for violations of the Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations that resulted in injury and death.

A dump truck operator was tasked with removing debris during a renovation. An excavator operator signaled for the dump truck to reverse, and a pedestrian was struck and died of their injuries. 

After a thorough investigation by Workplace Safety and Health officials, the employer was fined $20,000, plus $5,000 in court costs, for a total of $25,000. 

A worker was cleaning around a walking beam, which is a heavy piece of equipment used to move castings from one area of the facility to another. The worker’s hand became entangled, resulting in serious injuries. 

In a separate incident, a worker was conducting maintenance on a tundish ladle when wooden blocks used to raise and secure the support arms dislodged and the ladle fell, pinning the worker, resulting in serious injuries.

After a thorough investigation by Workplace Safety and Health officials, the employer was fined $50,000 for the first incident and $20,000 for the second, for a total of $70,000. 

A team was fabricating a steel bracket. A worker attempted to flip over a part using an overhead crane equipped with rigging slings, when the 3,500-pound part slipped out of the slings and struck another worker’s foot, resulting in serious injuries.

After a thorough investigation by Workplace Safety and Health officials, the employer was fined $9,500, plus a $2,000 penalty to be used to educate the public about occupational safety and health, for a total of $11,500. 

At a residential construction site, workers attempted to lift an exterior wall, but experienced difficulty due to the weight of the wall and attempted to lower it back down. While lowering the wall, two workers were pinned between the wall and the floor, and one worker sustained serious injuries.​

After a thorough investigation by Workplace Safety and Health officials, the employer was fined $7,000, plus a $1,500 penalty to be used to educate the public about occupational safety and health, for a total of $8,500. 

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:

For more information on these and past workplace safety and health prosecutions.

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