PORTLAND, OR , Dec. 11, 2012 (RISI) -
WorkSafeBC announced it will not pursue administrative penalties in the Lakeland and Babine lumber mill explosions and will instead be referring the cases to Crown counsel, who will make the decision whether to pursue charges under the province's Workers' Compensation Act. This is according to Occupational, Health and Safety Canada.
While WorkSafeBC can issue penalties of just under $600,000 for a first offense and $1 million for subsequent offenses, the courts can impose fines up to $650,000, a maximum of six months imprisonment or a combination of both.
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