·  by Stefania Seccia   ·  Vancouver 24 hrs

Union Wants Inquiry as Babine Inquest Begins

As the coroner’s inquest into the second 2012 Babine Forest Products mill explosion — that claimed the life of two workers — began Monday, the union representing the workers and their families has renewed the call for a public inquiry into who’s to blame.

In January and April 2012, two sawmill explosions in northern B.C. (Burns Lake and Prince George) killed a total of four workers and injured dozens of others, which a WorkSafe BC report claimed was due to an over-accumulation of wood dust.

In early 2014, Premier Christy Clark held a press conference where she said no full public inquiry would happen into the explosions, as lawyer Len Doust, retained as an independent advisor into the Babine Explosion Investigation, advised against it.

But a United Steelworker’s petition calling for a public inquiry into the explosions has garnered nearly 11,000 signatures so far, according to the union’s assistant director, Scott Lunny.

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