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Pinnacle fined for Burns Lake pellet plant blast

WorkSafeBC has fined the owners of a Burns Lake wood pellet plant for a blast that injured three workers.

The incident happened at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy facility October 9th, 2014 during a maintenance shutdown.

The workers were standing at the open door of one of the plant’s burners when an explosion blew them off a platform.

The WorkSafe investigation found that the explosion was caused when a build-up of flammable gases in the dryer system was exposed to high temperatures from a hot-spot in the burner unit and an in-rush of oxygen through the open door.

The investigation found that workers didn’t follow procedures before opening up the burner for cleaning.

WorkSafe BC fined Pinnacle nearly $56,000 in penalties for what it says is the company’s failure to maintain safe working conditions and to exercise due diligence.

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