|A roundup of important new legislation, regulations, court cases and board rulings that we covered in 2012 in the Safety Compliance Insider.
LAW OF THE YEAR
Chief Prevention Officer
In April, Manitoba has created a new Chief Prevention Officer position to enhance coordination of prevention initiatives between the Workplace Safety and Health Division and the WCB.
OTHER NOTABLE REGULATORY CHANGES
In Nov. 2011, the Manitoba Labour and Immigration Employment Standards Branch began posting administrative penalty orders online.
On April 1, 2012, updates to the Operations of Mines Regulation took effect. Highlights:
CASE OF THE YEAR
Guarding Violation Results in $60,500 Fine
Three fingers on a worker’s left hand were severed when a punch press machine top plate activated and pressed down on his fingers. The company pleaded guilty to a guarding violation and was fined $60,050 [Cadorath Plating Co. Ltd., Govt. News Release, July 18, 2012].
Employer Fined $54,100 after Worker Loses Three Fingers in Table Saw
Three fingers on a worker’s left hand were amputated when it contacted the blade of a table saw. His employer was fined $54,100 for safety violations [Polar Window of Canada, Govt. News Release, April 18, 2012].
Serious Injuries to 15-Year-Old Worker Result in $48,050 Fine
A 15-year-old worker attempted to straddle a moving conveyor belt when she lost her balance and fell onto it. The conveyor belt pulled her under a metal brace for the conveyor’s motor, pinning her between it and the moving conveyor. She sustained serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis and sacrum, several crushed muscles and damage to nerves in her right leg and nerves affecting bladder and bowel control. The employer pleaded guilty and was fined $48,050 [ShellMark Farms Ltd., Govt. News Release, July 9, 2012].
Worker’s Hand Injuries Cost Employer $42,050
When a worker reached with both hands into a press to pull out a boot plate, the press pinched his fingers in the U-shaped part of the boot plate. He suffered three broken fingers on his left hand with partial amputation of the index finger and substantial loss of skin to the middle finger and one broken finger on his right hand. His employer was fined $42,050 [Atom-Jet Industries 2002 Ltd., Govt. News Release, May 24, 2012].
Severing of Worker’s Fingers Results in $36,050 Fine
A worker severed four fingers from his right hand (they were later re-attached) when a piece of plywood he was cutting on a table saw kicked back. The court fined his employer $36,050 [Jacobson & Grenier Ltd., Govt. News Release, May 24, 2012].
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