May 30, 2012
2012 Report Card on Workplace Safety and Health
Manitoba failed to impose a single penalty for workplace safety violations even though 965 employers failed to comply with safety improvement orders last year, according to documents obtained through freedom of information by the Working Families Manitoba campaign.
“Manitoba has some very strong workplace safety laws; it’s too bad they’re not being enforced,” said Kevin Rebeck, spokesperson for the Working Families Manitoba Campaign. “The law says employers that put the safety of workers at risk should face financial penalties and fines. Unfortunately that’s not happening in Manitoba.”
Today, Working Families Manitoba released Who’s enforcing the rules that keep us safe at work? The 2012 Report Card on Workplace Safety and Health. The report card revealed new information about the provincial government’s failure to enforce workplace safety rules:
· Last year, Manitoba imposed zero financial penalties on employers that put that safety of workers at risk, even though 965 employers did not comply with safety improvement orders;
· The number of fines imposed for the most serious safety violations dropped to just one last year, down from an average of 14 fines/year over the past decade.
“Unfortunately, some very positive work in making workplaces safer was undermined by serious problems on the enforcement side,” said Rebeck. “Workers rely on the government to make sure employers are following safety rules.”
The report card found the provincial government performed better in other areas of workplace safety. Highlights include:
The report card awarded the province an overall grade of B minus, based on grades in the following categories:
The complete report card can be found at workingfamiliesmanitoba.ca
Working Families Manitoba is a community campaign of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, aiming to raise awareness about issues that matter to working families.