Blog Post #653 – Young Worker in Manitoba Injured

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

ShellMark Farms Ltd., operating in Manitoba, received a $48,000 fine on June 28, 2012 following the injury of a young worker.

On the day of the incident, a 15-year-old employee lost her balance while working near a conveyor belt and fell onto a moving unit. She was pulled under a metal brace that was part of the unit’s electric motor and pinned. The worker sustained serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis and sacrum, several crushed muscles and nerve damage to her right leg.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a worker use safe work procedures while working in close proximity to, or when crossing, a conveyor belt.

My opinion

I am not sure if this happened on a family or commercial farm. Either way all workers are entitled to work in safe areas. A 15-year-old girl, with her entire life ahead of her, now has to deal with life altering injuries, surgeries and a possible lower quality of life.

Do you, the reader, believe a fine of $48,000 is adequate for the injury we read about today? I do not!

Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Due Diligence’, ‘Farm Safety Awareness’ and ‘Standard Operating Procedures’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

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‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.

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