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Western Scrap Metals, Nat-Al fined for workplace safety issues

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Two Winnipeg businesses have been fined for failing to protect worker safety.

Western Scrap Metals Inc. was ordered to pay $72,500 in fines and surcharges on Dec. 11 for an incident that saw a 45-year-old employee killed in March 2009 while he was unloading bales of recycled paper from a trailer. Two bales dislodged and fell on the worker.

On Dec. 11, the employer pleaded guilty under the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act to charges of failing to provide the necessary information, instruction, training, supervision and facilities to reasonably ensure the safety of its workers.

It was the second workplace death in five years at Western Scrap Metals. In 2004, a 30-year-old casual employee died at the Point Douglas recycling plant when he became entangled in an aluminum baling machine. The company was later fined $27,600 over the incident.

The second business got in trouble over the demolition of a building at 123 Regent Ave. East in 2010. Nat-Al Ltd. had the demolition done without informing Workplace Safety and Health or the company conducting the work that the structure contained asbestos. A week ago, the company’s owners pleaded guilty to a charge of proceeding with the demolition of a building containing asbestos material without removing the asbestos in a safe manner.

The company was ordered to pay $12,050 in fines and surcharges.

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