WorkSafeBC’s internal and impartial review division has denied Babine Forest Products’ request to stay the $1.01 million fine imposed by WorkSafeBC in 2014.
In April of 2014, the owners of Babine Forest Products were hit with an administrative penalty of $97,500 and a claims cost levy of $914,139.62 – for a total fine of $1,011,639.62 – for the explosion at the mill in 2012. This was the largest fine issued by WorkSafeBC in provincial history, and the maximum amount allowed under WorkSafeBC rules at that time.
According to WorkSafeBC, Babine Forest Products can still appeal this decision.
“If an employer disagrees with the decision, they have the right to appeal the review decision to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal – an external, independent appeals tribunal,” explained Trish Knight Chernecki, a spokesperson for WorkSafeBC.
Steve Zika, Chief Executive Officer of Hampton Affiliates – company that owns Babine Forest Products, is currently in Asia with a B.C. delegation to diversify and expand markets for B.C. wood products.
“We just received this decision which was expected since WorkSafeBC was the one who levied the fine,” said Zika. “We will be discussing options with our attorneys.”
Read the full story in the Lakes District News’ Nov. 22 issue.