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Manitoba reports multiple construction incidents in late 2022

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Manitoba reports multiple construction incidents in late 2022

WINNIPEG — There were four serious construction worksite injuries in Manitoba in November 2022, according to the latest report from the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM).

A worker fell nearly 12 feet while working on a roof with no fall protection. Fall protection is required by law if there is a risk of falling three metres or more.

In another incident, several workers showed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning after setting up a gas pump in a building with diesel heaters. The workers were using a central gas monitor instead of individual gas monitors, according to the report.

At one point the alarm went off, prompting a work stoppage. After reassessing the situation, the individuals went back to work and later developed symptoms of poisoning.

At a separate site one worker was assaulted by two people while using a bathroom. The CSAM report notes employers are responsible for assessing the risk of violence at a workplace, implementing a violence prevention policy and ensuring their employees are trained on such policy.

The final incident, as reported by CSAM, resulted in a company truck rolling over into a roadside ditch after hitting a patch of ice.

CASM notes all employers are required by law to notify the Workplace Safety and Health Branch of a serious incident.

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