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WorkSafeBC still investigating Babine explosion

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 3rd, 2012

WorkSafeBC still does not know what caused an explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake that killed two men in January.

“The investigation into the explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products sawmill is ongoing,” a release on the WorkSafeBC website said.

Sawdust is just one of many possible factors under investigation, according to Ellis. Other possible factors include the use of pine beetle kill wood, the weather, and possible ignition sources such as natural gas and propane.

The Babine explosion was the first of two catastrophic disasters to hit the lumber industry in 2012.

Last week (Monday, April 23) and explosion rocked the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George, killing two men.

Following the second explosion WorkSafeBC ordered inspections at all B.C. sawmills to ensure there is no build up of sawdust.

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