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Does WorkSafeBC need more clout to address combustible dust?


October 21, 2014
By Maria Church
Maria Church

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Oct. 21, 2014 - On the heels of the latest explosion in the B.C. wood products industry, it has been suggested that perhaps WorkSafeBC needs to have more clout in order to get compliance from the industry. 

According to an opinion piece by Globe and Mail political reporter Justine Hunter, failed inspections at wood products facilities across B.C. have been met with little penalty based on the regulations currently in place.

Gord Macatee had been brought in to WorkSafeBC to repair the agency’s reputation after the explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George in 2012 were seen as preventable. Macatee presented a report that included 43 recommendations back in June, including the fact that the agency needs more clout to get industry compliance. READ FULL ARTICLE.