Steelworkers Call for Greater Health and Safety Protections, Enforcement | District 3 | USW

BURNABY, B.C. – The United Steelworkers (USW) is reiterating its support to workers and families still suffering from the 2012 Burns Lake sawmill explosion, adding a flawed investigation confirms the need for greater action to prevent another tragedy.

“In light of this week’s troubling events, we are reaffirming the commitment we made two years ago to stand with the community, to work together to rebuild and to do everything we can to ensure such a disaster never happens again,” said Stephen Hunt, the USW’s Western Canada Director.

“Revelations that investigative deficiencies have precluded any charges in the Burns Lake investigation are upsetting to everyone, and are particularly painful to the workers and families directly affected by this tragedy. They deserve better,” Hunt said.

“We will continue to strongly advocate for better health and safety protections for workers, more rigorous investigations and greater enforcement of our laws and regulations,” Hunt said.

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Steelworkers Call for Greater Health and Safety Protections, Enforcement | District 3 | USW.