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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

September 11, 2020

PROVINCE ADVISES EMPLOYER PROSECUTED FOR WORKPLACE INCIDENT



Manitoba Finance is reminding employers to ensure workplaces are safe and adequate safeguards are in place for machines after an employer was prosecuted for violations of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations. 

On June 12, 2017, a Winnipeg-based Rainbow Stage (1993) Inc. worker was constructing a prop desk using an unguarded table saw when the wood began to bind. The worker hit the stop button on the table saw, but the worker’s hand came into contact with the blade as it was coming to a stop.  As a result, the worker sustained an amputation and other significant injuries to the hand.  

The employer was fined $14,950 and an additional $1,250 to be used for educating the public on occupational safety and health. Rainbow Stage (1993) Inc. is a not-for-profit Manitoba theatre company governed by a board of directors and managed by a team of seven full-time employees.

The province may publish information on stop work orders, administrative penalties and convictions to inform and educate employers and workers of their legal responsibilities under The Workplace Safety and Health Act and regulations. These measures are applied as behaviour-changing tools to encourage safe work practices. More information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/compliance.html.

More information on workplace safety and health and The Workplace Safety and Health Act is available at www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/index.html.

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