On January 20, 2012 an explosion at Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, BC, killed two workers and injured dozens more. Just three months later on April 23, 2012 another explosion at Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George, BC, killed two more workers and left others with life-changing injuries and trauma.
PSAC BC is joining the effort, led by the United Steelworkers, the workers, and the family and friends of the killed and injured workers, calling on Premier Christy Clark to establish an independent public inquiry to ensure tragedies like these never happen again.
We encourage all PSAC members to visit usw.ca and sign the petition. Ask Christy Clart to honour her commitment to family members of those who were killed or injured, and all British Columbians, by calling a public inquiry into the Babine and Lakeland sawmill explosions, and the botched investigations by WorksafeBC.
All workers have the right to healthy, safe workplaces. It is vital that British Columbians get a full account of what happened at the two mills, both to ensure that tragedies like this do not happen again and to ensure that justice be served. The families deserve answers, the workers deserve answers and the public deserve answers.