BC Safety Authority statement following Crown Counsel’s announcement that no charges will be approved against Babine Forest Products

Phil Gothe, Vice-President, Technical Programs for BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued the following statement: 

“Following Crown Counsel’s announcement that no charges will be approved in relation to the tragic explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake on January 20, 2012, BCSA is now preparing to release publicly our full incident investigation report.  The report will provide additional information into BCSA’s investigation process and findings. 

“BCSA will release its full report during the week of January 13, 2014, to coincide with the release of WorkSafeBC’s investigation report.  Our full report was not previously released in order to avoid compromising Crown Counsel’s review of WorkSafeBC’s referral. 

“BCSA continues to work with industry to implement our Recommendations Report arising from the Babine incident, as well as the three safety orders that have been issued since 2012 to improve safety in the wood processing industry.” 

BCSA’s full report will be posted on our combustible dust webpage at: www.safetyauthority.ca/combustible-dust 

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BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licenses and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. 

Media inquiries, please contact:
BC Safety Authority
Media Relations
Tel. 778-396-2164
media@safetyauthority.ca

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