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Largest Workplace Safety Fine in Manitoba History Under New Crown Attorney

Largest Workplace Safety Fine in Manitoba History Under New Crown Attorney

April 2014. On the heels of Canada’s National Day of Mourning commemorating workers killed and injured on the job, Lafarge Canada was fined over $180,000 for the avoidable death of a 66 year old man that was set to retire in just 13 days. The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers.

Allan Leschyshyn along with three other workers were hired by LaFarge through a contractor O'Connell-Neilson EBC, for the short term job of dismantling large Quonset structures used in the production of cement at the Wuskwatim generating station near Thompson in April of 2011. The worker was killed instantly when he was struck by a large metal rod.

According to reports, Manitoba’s new Crown Attorney Tim Chudy stated that a loader was dismantling a large tent panel when the fabric ripped and a 10-foot metal rod was sent hurtling toward Leschyshyn, striking him in the head.

Lafarge failed to ensure that hazards were identified, communicated and controlled. In addition, they failed to ensure that contracted workers had written safe work procedures for the dismantling of the Quonset.

The fine is the largest of its kind imposed in Manitoba since Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting was fined $150,000 for an August 2000 explosion in Flin Flon that killed Steven Ryan Ewing and injured 13 others.

Key Lessons to Learn so that This Workplace Death is not in Vain

1. Safe Work Procedures should be developed and trained for the greater good of your workers and your company NOT because “it’s the law”.life choices border

2. Most deaths and serious incidents result from failure to identify, communicate and control hazards. Meaningful hazard assessments are for you and your people, NOT because “it’s the law”.

3. Prime Contractors must ensure that sub-contractors ensure that work will be performed in compliance with the WSH Act and Regulations. Just because subs are “COR Certified” DOES NOT mean they are in compliance. Contractors (those who hire contracted and self-employed workers and direct their work) must ensure that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risk that is within the control of the contractor.

Tools to Help You

1. Duties of Prime Contractors Hazard Alert: Download and share with your workers as a Safety Talk. (compliments of mySafetyAssistant.ca)Untitled

2. Prime Contractor Essentials On-Line Training Complimentary Trial – many “non-construction” organizations are a Prime Contractor from time to time and don’t know it. Take this On-Line training program specific to the requirements of MB WSH Legislation for FREE. (one trial per company compliments of mySafetyTraining.ca) http://mysafetytraining.ca/online-training-courses/

3. myContractorManager 30 Day Free Trial – a user friendly web based Wizard, that makes evaluating sub-contractors quick and easy

4. 60 Minute Consultation with a Senior Safety Professional – do you have questions about the safety of your workers and your business? Contact us to schedule a no obligation consult with a senior safety professional.

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