Two Manitoba Businesses Fined for Workplace Incidents

Two Manitoba Businesses Fined for Workplace Incidents

By Tyler Sutherland

Manitoba LogoTwo Manitoba workplaces have been prosecuted and fined for incidents dating back nearly five years.

A worker at Carte International Inc. suffered injuries on December 9, 2011 to two fingers on his right hand. The province says the worker was operating a coil-winding machine when his fingers came in contact with a pinch point. On April 7, 2015, the employer pleaded guilty under section 4(1)(a) of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act to the charge of allowing a worker to operate a foil/wire winding machine without sufficient safeguards in place to protect workers from contact with moving parts. The company was ordered to pay $25,050 in fines and surcharges.

Brandon-based Behlen Industries Inc. has also been fined $43,800 for an incident on December 19, 2011. The province says maintenance workers were using compressed air to remove dust buildup on electrical equipment that was located near asbestos-containing spray foam insulation. During this process, the spray foam insulation was displaced and the workers were exposed to the asbestos-containing material. The employer pleaded guilty on February 11, 2015.

Information on the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act is available on the province’s website.


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