Agency's review and action plan fail to restore confidence in worker
safety, Steelworkers call for inquiry into Babine and Lakeland
BURNABY, B.C., July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The WorkSafeBC Review and Action
Plan released today by the B.C. government fails to restore confidence
in the agency's ability to keep workers safe, says the United
"In the aftermath of the horrific explosions in Burns Lake and Prince
George and WorkSafeBC's botched investigations, it is abundantly clear
the agency's problems run deep and are engrained in a culture of
secrecy. Unfortunately, nothing in this report fixes these problems,"
says USW Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt.
"The families who lost loved ones and have been horribly affected by the
sawmill explosions deserve better. The recommendations do little more
than tinker around the edges of a very flawed agency. The report fails
to provide any explanation to the debacle that was WorkSafeBC's
investigation. A public inquiry is required to provide answers to
family members, workers and the public. Only then can WorkSafeBC hope
to rebuild its standing," Hunt says.
Last October the USW launched a national campaign - Stop The Killing.
Enforce The Law. The campaign calls on provincial and federal
governments to enforce the Westray Law that holds corporate executives
criminally responsible where negligence leads to workplace death.
"In February 2012 our union met with WorkSafeBC to request a dedicated
prosecutor and increased training and awareness for police officers and
Crown counsel specifically for enforcement of the Westray Law. This was
followed by letters to the agency on March 9 and July 10 of 2012.
Clearly, they dropped the ball and continue to do so," says Hunt.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canada Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-754-1174, email@example.com