The following report was authored by the B.C. Safety Authority in response to the explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products on January 20th, 2012. This tragic incident killed two workers and injured twenty.
The recommendations report is not a final investigation report. The purpose of this document is to advance hazard awareness and promote safe practices. The document outlines nine recommendations to improve the identification and management of combustible dust hazardous locations by wood processing facility owners and operators. Issues of enforcement action taken under the Safety Standards Act are not addressed in this document. Any regulatory compliance activities arising from this incident will be documented separately.