Fines Upheld for Babine Sawmill Explosion

A WorkSafeBC review has upheld a decision to impose more than $1 million worth of penalties against Babine Forest Products for a catastrophic explosion and fire at the Burns Lake sawmill.

In 2014, WorkSafeBC slapped a $97,500 administrative penalty and claims cost levy of $914,139.62 against the sawmill’s owner, Oregon-based Hampton Affiliates for the January 2012 conflagration which killed two workers and injured more than 20 others.

Hampton subsequently requested a series of reviews, the latest being of a December 2015 in a decision by WorkSafeBC’s chief review officer to maintain the penalties. read more >>