A year and a half after a second deadly wood dust-fuelled explosion ripped through a B.C. sawmill killing two workers, a pair of WorkSafeBC inspectors stepped into Sigurdson Forest Products sawmill west of Williams Lake.
By this time, in early November 2013, the message had been delivered loud and clear to the more than 140 sawmill mills in the province: manage and clean up potentially explosive wood dust in your mills.
Yet by the time WorkSafeBC officer Shane Campbell and his partner Robert Roesner had finished inspecting the Interior B.C. sawmill, they’d written up half a dozen orders for dust accumulations that were a hazard for fire or explosion, for failure to ensure regular dust inspections and for the use of high-pressure air to blow down dust. (Mills had been warned not to use high-pressure air because it is not only an immediate explosion threat, but it kicks up fine dust where it settles on beams and other hard-to-clean places.)
Sigurdson was also written up for failing to maintain the ventilation system, a violation for open doors and panels on electrified motor-control centers (where fine dust can accumulate) and inadequate training for workers, according to WorkSafeBC inspection reports obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom of information request.
The mill was ordered to shut down until the wood dust was cleaned up. Two months later, in January, the mill was again cited for excessive levels of wood dust and inadequate inspections. The mill was ordered to shut down a second time.
From The Vancouver Sun: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/resources/sawmills+struggle+comply+with+dust+regulations/9675144/story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canwest%2FF7477+%28Vancouver+Sun+-+Business%29