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05/15/2015 14:00 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Agencies commit to scrutinize B.C. coroner's inquest directions after mill blast

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Agencies targeted in a British Columbia coroner's inquest are committing to review a number of recommendations made after a deadly sawmill explosion in Prince George, B.C.A five-person jury deliberated for eight hours Thursday before it released 33 recommendations and ruled that the 2012 blast at Lakeland Mills was accidental.The recommendations are directed at a variety of agencies, including WorkSafeBC, the RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Service and provincial, federal and municipal governments.Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond released a statement saying her ministry will take time to evaluate and pursue the necessary steps to ensure B.C. workers are safe.WorkSafeBC, which was the subject of nine recommendations, has released a statement that says it will examine each one and provide a written response to Chief Coroner Lisa LaPointe.Workers Alan Little and Glenn Roche died from severe burns suffered during the April 23 explosion, while more than 20 other employees were injured.