WorkSafeBC has fined a company $55,000 after last year’s explosion at a wood pellet plant in Burns Lake in which three workers were hurt — one of them badly burned.
The agency has issued five orders in an inspection report following the Oct. 9, 2014 incident at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy facility.
The report says the cause was flammables gases accumulating in a contained dryer system and then exposed to high temperatures and oxygen.
It also says procedures were not followed to allow adequate cooling time.
There was also no operator in the control room who could have been monitoring the situation.
It’s the second time the small village has been struck by an industrial explosion.
In 2012, two workers were killed when the Babine sawmill blew up because of an accumulation of wood dust. That company was fined more than $1 million.