WINNIPEG, MAN. - Years after a worker was injured in a fall, the University of Manitoba has been fined $13,000.
On Aug. 19, 2014, a University of Manitoba worker suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall into an open pit. Two floor access panels had been removed by workers to facilitate the lowering of a 1,000-kilogram spool of wire to the basement of the Power House Building located at the Fort Garry campus. Workers temporarily left the worksite to retrieve the spool that was to be lowered.
During that period, the employee fell 4.4 metres through the open hole to the ground below. The employee sustained serious injuries as a result of the fall.
On April 20, 2017, the employer pleaded guilty under Section 4(1)(a) of The Workplace Safety and Health Act C.C.S.M. c. W210 to the charge of failing to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of its workers when they failed to ensure that a guardrail system was in place to protect workers from falling through a floor opening. The school was ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and surcharges.
When a workplace incident occurs, Workplace Safety and Health may conduct an investigation and can recommend prosecution if it is determined that non-compliance to Manitoba's safety and health laws contributed to the incident having occurred.