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Amendments strengthen worker safety

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Amendments to the workplace safety act will take effect April 1.

Changes will increase penalties for employers who put workers' safety at risk or who prevent workers from exercising their safety and health rights.

It will also provide Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health the authority to issue stop-work orders where it deems workers are being placed at risk.

The act also outlines the role of Manitoba's new chief prevention officer, including an annual injury and illness report.

Manitoba has doubled the number of health and safety officers, and the number of annual workplace inspections, since 1999. The time-loss injury rate has fallen 40 per cent in that time.

Information on all of the proposed changes are available at: http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/w210e.php.

 

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