04/03/2013 02:17 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Manitoba government promises new crackdown on workplace injuries

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is promising tougher penalties for employers who discourage injured workers from filing compensation claims.

Labour Minister Jennifer Howard says the province will also make it easier for workers to submit claims for injuries on the job.

Howard is reacting to an external review that found some employers have been trying to keep their premiums down by suppressing claims by injured staff.

The report also recommends new incentives for companies to prevent workplace injuries.

Howard says the government will release a detailed plan to enact the recommendations by the fall.