BCSA issues statement following jury recommendations from Lakeland Mills Coroner’s Inquest

New Westminster, BC, May 15, 2015—Phil Gothe, Vice-President of Technical Programs for BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued the following statement regarding the jury recommendations resulting from the BC Coroner’s Service Inquest into the Lakeland Mills explosion and fire:

“On behalf of BC Safety Authority, we wish to again express our sincere condolences to the families of Glenn Roche and Alan Little, as well as to the 22 workers who suffered injuries as a result of the Lakeland Mills tragedy. We also recognize the profound effect that this event has had on the entire community of Prince George.

“We wish to thank the jury members for their dedication throughout the process and for their thoughtful recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. BCSA will take the time to review the jury’s recommendations and assess opportunities to further improve safety in the wood processing industry.

“We continue working with industry to implement our nine recommendations as a result of our investigations into both the Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills incidents. We will continue conducting physical assessments of safety management plans at wood processing facilities throughout BC and working with operators towards better understanding and management of the potential hazards associated with combustible dust.

“We are pleased that the Coroner’s Inquest enabled the sharing of knowledge about the hazards of combustible dust and we will continue our efforts to improve safety to prevent another such tragedy from ever happening again.”

For more information on BCSA’s actions to improve safety in the wood processing industry, visit: www.safetyauthority.ca/combustible-dust  

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