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B.C. groups working to prevent dust buildup in sawmills

March 31, 2014, Victoria – The B.C. government, the forest industry, their unions and WorkSafeBC have released a plan aimed at preventing sawmill explosions.

March 31, 2014
By The Canadian Press

March 31, 2014, Victoria – The B.C. government, the forest industry, their unions and WorkSafeBC have released a plan aimed at preventing sawmill explosions.

In a joint statement, the groups lay out a multi-point strategy to limit potential combustible dust and make sure mills comply with safety regulations.

Part of the plan includes a dust mitigation and control audit, to ensure best practices, province-wide.

A campaign alerting workers to their right to refuse unsafe work is also being launched.

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WorkSafeBC is doubling the size of its designated inspection team to 20 and will add more sawmill inspections.

Changes come after two separate sawmill explosions and fires in north-central B.C. in 2012 killed four people and injured dozens more.