Plant investigation wraps

WorkSafeBC has wrapped up its investigation into a small fire on Jan. 21 at the Pinnacle pellet plant in Lavington.  

"It had a failed bearing at one of the machine centres which resulted in a fire," said Pinnacle CEO and president Leroy Reitsma. "We were quite happy that nobody was hurt; There was no material damage to the plant."

Reitsma adds, "we kept operating most of the plant but did take the pelleting portion down for a period of time just to really do our investigation properly. It is an event we haven't seen before. We were back up and running pretty quick." 

WorkSafeBC began its investigation into the fire on Jan. 23. In a statement on the fire, WorkSafe wrote: "According to WorkSafeBC preliminary information, a flash fire damaged pelleters and the material conveyance system. There were no injuries reported. The employer has submitted a preliminary employer investigation report that was found to be in compliance."

WorksafeBC has given Pinnacle  30 days to submit a full employer investigation report to determine why the incident occurred and what can be done to prevent similar situations in the future as required by the Workers Compensation Act.

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