No charges in second deadly mill explosion in B.C.

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Charges will not be laid in relation to a deadly mill explosion in Prince George that killed two workers and injured 22 in April 2012.

It is the second such explosion in the province in which no charges have been laid after the Babine Mill explosion in Burns Lake in January 2012.

On April 23, 2012, Lakeland Mills was the scene of a fire and explosion that ended the lives of Alan Little and Glenn Roche.

But the Criminal Justice Branch said it would not approve any of the charges recommended by WorkSafeBC.

“Based on the evidence that would likely be available for presentation by Crown counsel in court, the branch has concluded that there is no substantial likelihood of conviction for any of the regulatory offences recommended by WSBC,” said the branch in a release.

Among the charges recommended were failing to remedy hazardous workplace conditions and failing to ensure the health and safety of workers.

The BC NDP condemned the decision, accusing the BC Liberal government of playing politics with the tragedy and asking for a full inquiry into WorkSafeBC operations.

B.C. Labour Minister Shirley Bond announced Gord Macatee been appointed to the WorkSafeBC board to “drive change” to help it complete investigations more thoroughly.




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