Thursday, November 20, 2014

Video: The terrible aftermath of BC's sawmill explosions

Global News recently did a follow-up piece on the rash of sawmill explosions that plagued BC a few years back. This short video powerfully explores the impact of the explosions and subsequent investigations on the workers.

The employers' culpability in these explosions--caused by milling pine-beetle wood--is clearly evident. Yet BC's health and safety inspectorate appears to have turned a blind eye and then arced up two investigations thereby precluding prosecution. A pretty damning indictment of provincial health and safety systems and the broader societal acceptance that people will die on the job.

-- Bob Barnetson

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