Manitoba Companies Fined for Workplace Safety Failures

SAFE ManitobaTwo Manitoba companies have been slapped with fines after failing to ensure a safe work environment for their employees.

Norbert’s Manufacturing Ltd. in the RM of South Cypress and Rakowski Cartage and Wrecking Ltd. were both fined under the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act for a combined total of $68,850.

A worker for Norbert’s Manufacturing Ltd. was injured on April 3, 2012 after partially losing four fingers while operating a hydraulic shear. The worker was instructed to remove a physical guard that would have prevented contact with the blade when the accident occurred.

The company pleased guilty on October 20, 2014 and was ordered to pay $50,050 in fines and surcharges.

In the second incident, a worker with Rakowski Cartage and Wrecking Ltd. received serious lacerations to the left hand while feeding copper wire into a wire stripper.

On October 22, 2014, the employer pleaded guilty for failing to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the worker by not having safeguards in place on the wire stripper machine and failing to provide adequate supervision of its workers. The company was ordered to pay $18,800 in fines and surcharges.


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