Mackenzie Pulp fined almost $200,000

WorkSafeBC has slapped Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation with a near $200,000 fine for safety violations in the firm's pulp mill and fibre-handling buildings.

An inspection uncovered accumulations of combustible wood dust close to ignition sources and determined cleanups were not being properly supervised or carried out as scheduled, WorkSafeBC said in an online posting.

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Also, several pieces of equipment were found without suitable guards to prevent rotating, nip point, and entanglement hazards. Safeguarding audits were not completed.

Both problems were deemed high-risk violations and the trouble with the wood dust was a repeat offence.

"Further, the firm failed to ensure the health and safety of all workers at its worksite, and failed to provide its workers with the supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety, both repeated violations," WorkSafeBC said.

In all, the firm was fined $199,184.21. The fine was levied in October and is under appeal.

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