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Manitoba recently appointed Dennis Nikkel as its new chief prevention officer. Nikkel will provide guidance regarding workplace injury and illness prevention.

Nikkel has held many roles for the Manitoba government, including environmental control officer and director of occupational health for Workplace Safety and Health. He has also been the chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health since 2011.

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Manufacturer Fined After Worker Death

A manufacturer has been fined $100,000 after a worker was killed at the company’s facility. The worker was fatally wounded after coming into contact with a moving machine part that should have been guarded. It was determined that the guard was broken.

The company pleaded guilty to the change that it failed to ensure that a machine with a moving part was guarded to prevent worker injury.

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Company and Supervisors Fined After One Worker Died, Another Injured

A company and two supervisors pleaded guilty and were fined $133,000 after one worker was killed and another worker was injured during a fall.

The workers were insulating overhead pipes in a mechanical room of a garage. They were positioned on a scissor lift near a door. When the door hit the lift, both workers fell 20 feet below to a concrete floor. One worker died from blunt head trauma injuries and died days later. The other suffered broken bones.

The company was fined for failing to protect workers’ safety and the supervisors were also fined for not properly protecting workers.

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