Apr 27, 2012

Canadian agency orders sawdust removal in lumber mills after 2 catastrophic mill explosions in 3 months. #princegeorge #sawmills #worksafebc

In an unprecedented, precautionary crackdown, safety officials are ordering every sawmill in British Columbia to remove all accumulated sawdust from their premises, a factor cited as a possible trigger of

“Sawmills are dusty places,” Ms. Ellis said, adding that dust must be cleared away and the air ventilated.

Union leader Stephen Hunt said he is not aware of any previous safety order of such magnitude.

“When there are still no definitive findings of what caused the first explosion, to come up with an order saying, ‘Get rid of all the dust,’ that’s erring on the side of safety, and we think it’s spectacular.”

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