2018 Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Report Card

Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, AKA the Workplace Safety and Health Branch has completed publishing enforcement activities for 2018. We summarize them here for convenience sake and with the hope that you will review and share with your stakeholders to prevent similar incidents occurring in your workplace.

STOP WORK ORDERS

Reference MR W201/02 36(1) A safety and health officer may issue a Stop Work Order when:

  1. They are of the opinion that activities posing an imminent risk of serious injury are or about to be carried on.
  2. An improvement order previously issued was not remedied.

Powers of a Safety and Health officer; they can demand:

  1. The cessation of the activities at the location in question and across ALL other workplaces operated by the same employer.
  2. That all or part of the workplace be vacated.
  3. That no resumption of the activities be permitted by the employer.

2018 STOP WORK ORDERS BY INDUSTRYTOTAL NUMBER OF STOP WORK ORDERS ISSUED = 365
Construction253Fall Protection Systems129Confined Spaces5
Manufacturing45Serious Incident47Personal Protective Equipment4
Retail27Scaffolds/Other Elevated Work Platforms34Chemical and Biological Substance4
Ag12Excavations28Failure to comply Orders3
Mines7Machines, Tools and Robots23Work in the Vicinity of Overhead Electrical Lines2
Public Admin5Asbestos12Powered Mobile Equipment2
Education5Demolition11Working Alone or in Isolation1
Transportation3Cranes and Hoists11Harassment1
Health Care3Electrical Safety9Ground Conditions1
Other2Entrances, Exits, Stairways and Ladders8Fire and Explosive Hazards – Hot Work1
Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic5Blasting Operations1
Duties of Employers/PC5Air Quality and Ventilation 11

ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES

Reference MR W201/02 53(1) An Administrative Penalty to a maximum of $5000 may be issued to a company / person when they have:

  1. Failed to comply with an improvement order by the due date OR failed to maintain compliance after initially complying.
  2. Failed to comply with the provisions of the Act or Regulations and a safety and health officer is of the opinion that the failure involves, or is likely to involve, an imminent risk of serious physical or health injury to a worker or other person.
  3. Resumed an activity that previously was the subject of a stop work order which was discontinued because the person had complied with it.

INDUSTRYINFRACTIONFINE
ManufacturingChemical & biological substances$1,000
ManufacturingChemical & biological substances$2,500
ConstructionFailure to comply – Fall protection systems$2,500
ManufacturingFailure to maintain compliance – Machine Guarding$2,500
Retail and ServicesFailure to maintain compliance with IO$1,000
ConstructionFall Protection$2,500
ConstructionFall Protection$2,500
ConstructionFall Protection$2,500
Retail and ServicesFall Protection$2,500
ConstructionFall Protection – Guardrail Systems$2,500
ManufacturingSWP – Lock out – Safety Precautions.$2,500
TOTAL ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES$24,500

CONVICTIONS AND PENALTIES

Reference MR W201/02 54/55 A penalty may be issued to very person who:

  1. Contravenes the Act or regulations.
  2. Fails to comply with an order made under the Act or regulations.
  3. Knowingly obstructs or makes a false statement to a safety and health officer.
  4. Knowingly makes or causes to be made a false entry or deletes an entry in any register book, notice or other document to be kept by him/her under the Act or the regulations.
First Offence:

A person guilty of an offence can be fined to a maximum of $250,000 per offence. In the case of a continuing offence to a maximum of $25,000 for each day during which the offence continues.

Second Offence:

A person guilty of a second offence can be fined to a maximum of $500,000 per offence. In the case of a continuing offence to a maximum of $50,000 for each day during which the offence continues.

In addition, a person can be imprisoned for a term not exceeding six months.


INDUSTRYFINE AMOUNTCONTRAVENTIONPAIN & SUFFERING
Mining$124,000Eyewash facilitiesPermanent eye injury
Manufacturing$57,500Machine GuardingAmputation of all 5 digits on his left hand
Manufacturing$54,252Machine Guarding
Failing to notify of a serious incident
18 yr old – amputations of his left middle and index fingers and crushing injuries to his left ring finger
Manufacturing$27,650Machine GuardingLacerations to the worker’s index and ring fingers and the partial amputation of the worker’s middle finger
Manufacturing$87,500Hydraulic energy (Lockout)Crushed – Fatality
Manufacturing$10,075Failing to notify of a serious incidentSerious Injury from exploded barrel
Education$31,000Machine GuardingHigh School Student – Hand Injury
Construction$4,000Hazard Assessment – Excavation2 Hydro workers and home owner injured. 2 homes destroyed
Construction$5,000Scaffold collapseSerious Injures from 9 ft fall – scaffold collapse
TOTAL$400,977

Only 15% of a company’s problems can be controlled by individual employees…
while 85% can be controlled only by the management system. – Peter Drucker



In most every instance, human behavior including how people think and act (skill, habits, choices etc) are a major contributing factor to unsafe conditions and serious incidents. Establishing a strong safety management system is required to change behaviours. It consists of:

  1. Setting clear standards in writing – must be practical and meaningful.
  2. Training employee on the standards – must connect their head to their heart (Whats in in for ME).
  3. Holding employees accountable to the standards – because you care enough to confront and hold people to a higher standard of care from themselves, others and the company itself.


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