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Public Inquiry Into Sawmill Explosions Needed to Provide Justice for Victims

July 13, 2015

BURNABY, B.C. – As the coroner’s inquest into the Babine Forest Products mill explosion begins Monday, the United Steelworkers (USW) is reiterating its call for a full, public inquiry into the tragic sawmill disasters that killed four workers and injured dozens more.

The Steelworkers, represented by legal counsel, will be participating in the Babine inquest to press for changes to regulatory practices by various government agencies to ensure the health and safety of workers is paramount.

“This is an incredibly challenging and emotional time for the victims of the Babine explosion and their families. From the moment this tragedy struck, we have worked closely with the local community to rebuild lives that were torn apart,” says Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 Director.

“We join with family groups and many others in asking Premier Christy Clark to fulfill her promise of justice and closure for victims, families and forest workers through a public inquiry.”

Nearly 11,000 British Columbians have signed a USW petition demanding a public inquiry into the Babine and Lakeland sawmill explosions. The petition is available at www.usw.ca/inquiry.

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For further information:

Stephen Hunt, USW Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-313-9185, bwest@usw.ca

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