BURNABY, BC, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - WorkSafeBC's announcement that it is
recommending charges under the Workers Compensation Act in connection
to the Lakeland Mills explosion puts the onus on Crown Counsel to stand
up for worker safety, says the United Steelworkers (USW).
The explosion killed two workers and came only months after an explosion
at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Prince George, B.C. In that
case, charges were recommended by WorkSafeBC but were turned down by
"While the provincial government and their agencies point fingers at
each other, workers in the province continue to be at risk. It's time
for Crown Counsel to demonstrate they understand the importance of
holding employers accountable for their negligence," says Stephen Hunt,
USW District 3 Director.
"Mill workers and their families want to have confidence that the
agencies responsible for worker safety are doing their job," said Frank
Everitt, President of USW 1-424, based in Prince George. "Our members
are committed to ensuring the forest industry is successful but not at
the expense of life and limb."
Reports suggest Crown Counsel will make a decision on approving or
rejecting the recommended charges by late April.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-683-1117