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WorkSafeBC sued over sawmill fires

January 12, 2016
By Andrew Macklin


January 12, 2016 – A class-action lawsuit has been filed against WorkSafeBC in regards to the 2012 sawmill explosions at Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products.

According to a report from the Canadian Press, employees of both mills filed the notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court. The members of the suit claim that WorkSafeBC was negligent in its investigations and inspections at both mills, especially in regards to combustible dust in both mills. The claim alleges that, in doing so, WorkSafeBC breached its fiduciary responsibilities.

Members of the claim are seeking, punitive, general and special damages.

At this time, WorkSafeBC has yet to provide a formal statement in response to the allegations.

Stay tuned to woodbusiness.ca for updates on this developing story.