Inquest into sawmill deaths
Photo: The Canadian Press
Smoke rises from the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. British Columbia's Criminal Justice Branch has announced that no criminal or regulatory charges will be laid in connection with the Burns Lake sawmill explosion that killed two people in January 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A public inquest will be held into the deaths of two workers who died as a result of an explosion and fire at a Burns Lake sawmill in 2012.
The BC Coroners Service says the inquest will look into the deaths of 45-year-old Robert Luggi Jr. and 42-year-old Carl Charlie. The pair were killed when the blast erupted on the evening of Jan. 20, at around 8 p.m. Twenty other workers were injured.
The public learned earlier this month that the Crown would not be going ahead with any criminal or regulatory charges in relation to the explosion and fire.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe says the goal of this inquest will be to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances, and to make recommendations based on the evidence presented.
The inquest jury cannot, by law, find any fault or legal responsibility.
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