BRITISH COLUMBIA

Lakeland Mills Explosion: WorkSafeBC Recommends Charges

02/22/2014 08:23 EST | Updated 04/25/2014 05:59 EDT
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A large fire burns at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, British Columbia, on Tuesday April 24, 2012. An explosion rocked the sawmill late Monday night just before setting off a fire that engulfed the facility. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Johnson)
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - WorkSafeBC is recommending charges under the Workers Compensation Act in connection with a fatal explosion of a mill in Prince George in 2012.

Spokesman Scott McCloy confirms that the agency sent the information to Crown on Wednesday.

He says Crown will make a decision to approve or reject the recommended charges by late April.

McCloy says he could not provide further details, citing legal concerns.

The explosion at Lakeland Mills killed 43-year-old Alan Little and 46-year-old Glenn Roche and occurred months after a similar incident in Burns Lake.

Similar charges were also recommended after WorkSafeBC investigated the Burns Lake mill explosion, but were thrown out in part due to a flawed investigation by the provincial agency.

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