Manitoba issues employer advisory following prosecution for workplace incident

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Manitoba Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services is reminding employers to ensure that workers are equipped with a proper fall protection system while working at heights, after an employer was prosecuted for violating the Workplace Safety and Health Act.

On March 30, 2020, a worker employed by Norwin Roofing Ltd. was clearing debris off a roof near an area where the guardrails had been removed. The worker fell approximately 20 feet to the ground below, striking a smaller roof portion while falling, which resulted in internal injuries along with rib and spinal fractures.

Officials from Workplace Safety and Health conducted an investigation and laid charges under the act. On Dec. 12, 2022, Norwin Roofing Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a worker used a fall protection system while working at heights where a guardrail had been removed. A fine of $24,000 was imposed by the court.

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