Stiffer fines for workplace injuries

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WINNIPEG, Man. — Employers in Manitoba will have to be extra vigilant when enforcing safety measures, or face even stiffer fines this year.

Manitoba’s Labour Minister, Becky Barrett, has warned employers to be ready to pay new and higher fines for workplace accidents.

She promises to introduce legislation this session, in an attempt to reduce workplace accidents within the province. Although she hasn’t revealed how high the fines will be, she did say the penalties will act as a deterrent.

Barrett also pointed out that Manitoba’s workplace safety record is the worst in Canada, and about 30 per cent of the orders issued to improve workplace safety are ignored.

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