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Hampton Affiliates

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Canada sawmill explosion deaths ruled accidental 03 August 2015

A coroners inquest into the deaths of two men at the Burns Lake sawmill explosion in January 2012 has made 41 recommendations aimed at improving safety. The two fatalities and 11 injuries occurred during the fire and explosion at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, British Columbia, which the jury concluded were accidental....

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Canadian sawmill owner to appeal BC fatal explosion fine 09 April 2014

Babine Forest Products has  announced it plans to appeal a C$1 million penalty, the highest ever levied by WorkSafeBC, for a fatal explosion and fire at its Burns Lake sawmill in British Columbia in January 2012. The company had been found to be in violation of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation....

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British Columbia work safety agency under fire after flawed sawmill blast investigation 17 January 2014

On January 16 British Columbia occupational health agency WorkSafeBC released its report into the fatal blast at the Babine Forest Products mill in January 2012. This followed the province’s legal authorities announcement last week they would not pursue charges against the company, in part due to the flawed nature of the WorkSafeBC investigation....

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Canadian sawmill blast caused by wood dust accumulation 10 May 2013

The Vancouver Sun says a British Columbia Safety Authority investigation has concluded the root cause of the explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill, which killed two workers and injured 20 others in January 2012, was a failure to recognise and manage the explosive risks of wood dust....

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British Columbia sawmill destroyed in explosion to be rebuilt 10 December 2012

The Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, British Columbia, that was destroyed by an explosion and fire in January 2012, will be rebuilt, according Hampton Affiliate officials. The sawmill was a joint venture between the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC) and Hampton, processed logs for the most part killed by mountain pine beetle. ...

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Canadian sawmill destroyed in January blast could be rebuilt 20 September 2012

The owners of the Burns Lake sawmill in British Columbia that was destroyed in an explosion last January said on September 17 they would rebuild it providing the province could follow through on commitments to ensure a timber supply was made available to feed the mill, according to the Vancouver Sun....

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Wood processing in British Columbia: Under the beetle’s shadow 13 September 2012

Two sawmill explosions earlier this year have cast a long shadow over the British Columbia wood processing industry, already in difficulty because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that has killed many of the forests from which its timber is sourced. Could those very same beetles also bear some responsibility for the blasts? ...

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US lab examining dust from Canadian sawmill, but blast cause still unknown 04 May 2012

Samples of sawdust from the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, British Columbia, which was the scene of devastating explosion on January 20, have been sent to a specialist laboratory in the USA, according to WorkSafe BC....

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WorkSafe BC says dust level limits up to employers 07 February 2012

In response to questions over the January 20 explosion at Hampton Affiliates' Babine Forest Products mill near Burns Lake, British Columbia, WorkSafe BC has confirmed that its regulations governing combustible dust give no specific limits, leaving employers to decide what is safe from guidelines....

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