WorkSafe to cover families' travel costs

WorkSafe B.C. will help cover the costs of victims families who want to travel to Prince George for the coroner's inquest into the 2012 fires and explosions that leveled Babine Forest Products near Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills.

"For those injured workers interested to attend or certainly the family members of the fatally injured workers, we'll certainly assist with those costs," WorkSafe B.C. said Friday.

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It's a more than two-hour drive from Burns Lake to Prince George, where the inquest into the two incidents will be held in March. The distance and whether separate inquests should be held became an issue in the provincial legislature on Thursday.

"There is a single inquest due to the similarity, or what appears to be a similarity, between the two explosions," Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said in response to questions from Opposition NDP MLAs.

Two coroners and two coroner's counsels have been appointed for the inquest, Anton also noted.

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