The provincial government has fined three Manitoba employers a combined total of $90,000 due to unsafe workplace conditions.
First, a local movie company, Incident Productions Inc., was charged $40,000 after pleading guilty for failing to ensure the safety, health and welfare of a worker on a film set in December 2016.
As the Free Press reported last year, Taylor Hickson, an actress who was working on the Winnipeg set of Incident in a Ghost Land, filed a lawsuit against the production company in early 2018 after her face was slashed during shooting of the film.
Hickson alleged in the lawsuit she was directed to repeatedly pound her fists against a glass door during the filming of an "emotionally charged scene." After being repeatedly being told to pound harder on the glass, Hickson allegedly asked both the film’s director and one of its producers if it was safe to do so. The lawsuit says she was told it was.
Hickson alleged the door then shattered, causing her to fall through and the left side of her face to be sliced open by the broken shards of glass. She was rushed to hospital and received around 70 stitches.
Her lawyer, Jason Harvey, didn't respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The province took two other companies to task as well in a Wednesday news release, stemming from 2017 workplace incidents.
In March 2017, a worker at Border View Pork Ltd., based in Killarney, sustained severe burns to his face, neck and torso after an explosion in a hog barn. The employer pleaded guilty to failing to adequately control the risk propane lines posed to the health and safety of workers, and failing to notify Workplace Safety and Health about the aforementioned incident.
Border View Pork was ordered to pay $14,000 in fines and penalties, plus $6,000 to the Workplace Safety and Health Public Education Fund dedicated to providing public information on occupational safety and health.
Manitoba also addressed the case of a worker for Arne's Welding Ltd. who was injured while operating a horizontal band saw in June 2017. While making angled cuts, a piece of metal fell into the cutting area and the worker tried to push it away with a brush.
The blade of the saw caught the worker's glove and pulled his hand in, resulting in a serious injury, the province said.
The employer pleaded guilty to "failing to ensure that a machine or tool was used or operated in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications," the release stated, and was ordered to pay $25,000 in fines and penalties, plus $5,000 to the public education fund.
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski covers the Manitoba Legislature for the Winnipeg Free Press.