WorkSafe issues fines against Burns Lake mill
WorkSafeBC has issued fines totaling over one million dollars to Babine Forest Products in connection with the 2012 mill explosion.
The fine is broken down into over $914,000 for a claims cost levy and a $97,500 administrative penalty.
But Maureen Luggi who lost her husband in the blast says that’s not enough.
“When we met with WorkSafeBC they said that they would consider an administrative penalty of up to $650,000 and when you look at the breakdown of the amounts the administrative penalty that they are actually receiving is $97,500 and the remaining is cost recovery for all of the money they paid out to the injured workers and the deceased’s families.
She says the laws are outdated and the workers compensation act needs to be reviewed and enforced.
“Otherwise other families are going to go through this and they will realize how inadequate and unjust this is, especially for grieving families.”
Luggi says no amount of money can make up for the loss of her husband and she won’t be satisfied until the province approves a public inquiry.
Babine Forest Products says it plans to appeal the fines.