Area of interest found at Babine Forest Products sawmill

More heavy equipment will be moving onto the Babine Forest Products sawmill site this week.

Scott McCloy, WorkSafe B.C. director of communications said that more heavy equipment will be moving onto the Babine Forest Products sawmill site this week.

An area of interest at the site has now been pinpointed by WorkSafe B.C. investigators, but for now McCloy said no further information can be provided.

“We are trying to zero in on what happened and all I can say is that there is a new area of the footprint of the sawmill that is of interest.”

Specialized cranes will be working at the scene and are expected to be on site for several weeks.

“The cranes will be lifting huge pieces of twisted metal … it is a difficult and complex process,” McCloy said.

The heavy equipment and its operators are being brought in from the Prince George area.

“It is specialized equipment so we had to look beyond the local area,” he added.

“Investigators are working at the site 12 to 14 hours a day seven days a week,” McCloy said.

McCloy said the majority of witness statements have also been gathered. “We have more than 60 witness statements to assess.”