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Fire Safety Plans Yet to be Approved

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 1:33 PM

Prince George, B.C. – The Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Alan Little and Glenn Roche continues with this morning’s focus on fire prevention.Fire Prevention  Officer Captain Steve Feeney was on the stand  and has testified there  have been no fire safety plans for mills in this community approved.  That  large  industry could be allowed to operate without an approved  plan  seemed to catch  John Orr, Counsel for the Coroner off guard,  “It seems incomprehensible” .

Captain Feeney explained  that while Lakeland and the P..G. sawmill have submitted Fire Safety Plans  to  Prince George Fire Rescue for approval,  the plans have been  rejected because of a formatting problem.  In other words, the  content of the plans  are fine,  the document just doesn’t  meet the formatting  needs of Fire Rescue.

Feeney had visited the Lakeland  site five times in the year  and a half  before the April 23rd explosion.  One particular visit,  November of 2011,  he noted  significant amounts of  dust  “It was the worst I had even seen”, but  when he returned in March of 2012, said the mill was very clean,   there was no significant build up of dust, and noted the clean up efforts “had not gone unnoticed” in his report.

Captain Feeney also noted during those five visits there was no  fire safety plan. He  testified that at that time,  lack of a fire safety  plan was not reason for a re-inspection.  That has since changed, “I will re-inspect  for it, and I will continue to re-inspect for it” said Captain Feeney.

Feeney also said it would be helpful  if  there were more  enforcement tools made available, and if inspections  were done in conjunction with WorkSafe BC and the BC Safety Authority.


Yes and don’t email them and give them a weeks notice and the time of day you are going to do the inspection.

What does it matter if the mill is warned of an inspection?

The point of an inspection is not to catch an infraction, the point of an inspection is for compliance. If the threat of an inspection causes compliance, I fail to see the problem. That is unless the assumption is that there would be no compliance with safety legislation or regulation without that threat.

Loki—With a response like that all I can say is I am glad I don’t have you for my safety inspector. It looks like you would just sit at your desk and tell them every week you might be coming to do an inspection and they would jump right at it and make sure everything was up to par. You can only cry wolf so many times.

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