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Groups calling for public inquiry on fourth anniversary of Babine Sawmill explosion

Groups calling for public inquiry on fourth anniversary of Babine Sawmill explosion

Labour and aboriginal groups have released a joint statement calling for a public inquiry into the Babine Sawmill explosion, on the fourth anniversary of the fatal blast.

The United Steelworkers, the BC Federation of Labour, the First Nations Summit, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations say important questions remain unanswered.

Two men died and 20 other people were seriously injured when the sawmill in Burns Lake blew up on January 20th, 2012.

Irene Lanzinger of the BC Federation of Labour says an inquiry is needed for full accountability.

She says current labour laws and regulations don’t fully address criminal negligence.

She adds police often aren’t properly trained for these types of industrial investigations.

The groups say they are renewing their demand for Premier Christy Clark to immediately establish an independent public inquiry, to ensure such a tragedy does not happen again.

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