Construction company fined for workplace injury

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The owner of a Beausejour-based construction company has been fined $18,500 by the province, after an employee suffered a spinal fracture in a workplace accident.

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The owner of a Beausejour-based construction company has been fined $18,500 by the province, after an employee suffered a spinal fracture in a workplace accident.

In a news release Thursday, the provincial government issued a reminder to employers to ensure staff members are “appropriately trained and supervised” in the wake of a recent Workplace Safety and Health Act violation.

The release outlines an incident that occurred July 16, when an employee of Sandhill Construction was helping install rafters on a two-storey garage in the Rural Municipality of Alexander.

“The worker was working on the top platform of a movable steel scaffold on the second floor when five of the rafters, not yet secured to the top girder, began to fall in a domino effect. One of the rafters struck the scaffold and caused the worker to fall approximately 10 feet to the plywood surface below, resulting in a spinal fracture,” according to Manitoba Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services.

The province said officials laid charges after completing an investigation into the matter.

Dwight Reimer, sole proprietor of Sandhill Construction, pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the safety, health and welfare of a worker.

Maggie Macintosh

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Maggie Macintosh reports on education for the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding for the Free Press education reporter comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.

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