Sawmill Accident Ruled Not Criminal

No criminal or regulatory charges will be laid in connection with an explosion and fire that killed two workers at a Burns Lake, BC, sawmill in January 2012.

The Criminal Justice Branch said Friday that based on the evidence provided by WorkSafeBC there is no substantial likelihood of conviction against the Babine Forest Products sawmill. That blast also injured 20 people.

Sawmill Blast Ruling

Last September, WorkSafeBC submitted a report to the branch for an assessment on whether charges under provincial legislation should be laid against the company.

The branch says the charge assessment analysis included consideration of a viable defence of due diligence.

Crown lawyers are meeting with the mill workers and family members of those who died in Burns Lake today to advise them of the decision not to approve charges.