2012-04-24

Explosions set off review of all B.C. mills

Two deadly explosions in northern British Columbia sawmills in recent months have prompted a sweeping review of safety in all sawmills in the province and raised concerns about whether the extremely fine dust from pine-beetle ravaged timber is part of the problem.

Forest industry and government officials will meet Wednesday to review safety issues after Labour Minister Margaret MacDiarmid called for the provincewide safety check.

Shift supervisor Alan Little, 43, died Tuesday after being rushed to hospital following a massive blast at the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George on Monday night. The explosion caused a ferocious fire and sent 10 others to hospital with serious or critical injuries.