Canadian Biomass Magazine

Dust safety work progressing

December 12, 2014
By Amie Silverwood

Dec. 12, 2014 - Progress is being made at WorkSafeBC in the wake of the deadly mill explosions of 2012, according to special advisor Gord Macatee. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond asked Macatee to conduct a review of the organization after the Crown identified problems with WorkSafeBC's investigation into the explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in Prince George. 


Of the 43 recommendations Macatee made following his report, 13 have been fully completed, 18 are in progress and 12 require legislative changes. Only two mills, out of 118, were cited for dust build up during the period from Octover 6 to November 25. The rest of the mills have implemented daily independent inspections or regular WorkSafeBC inspections.

Pellet plants are developing an audit tool to identify high risk areas since pellet plants are having a tougher time dealing with combustible dust, according to an article in the Prince George Free Press. As of November 23, 17 inspections have been conducted.

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