B.C. government orders ‘top-to-bottom’ inspection at sawmills

The provincial government has ordered B.C. sawmills to review sawdust buildup in their mills as part of a comprehensive safety inspection, after the second explosion of a northern sawmill in three months.

Sawmills must conduct “top-to-bottom” safety inspections, B.C. Labour Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said.

Investigators have been looking into the possibility that elevated dust levels arising from the cutting of dry, pine beetle-ravaged wood could have been a factor in the explosion of the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake last January. Two workers died.