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Dust explosions and the Burns Lake mill

Mill worker John Wiebe not pictured said following the explosion there was a 'wall of fireJonathan HaywardCanadian Press.jpg
Mill worker John Wiebe, not pictured, said following the explosion there was a 'wall of fire.' (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Concerns are being raised that wood dust could have been the cause of the giant explosion and fire at a Burns Lake sawmill late last week.

Several workers have said pine dust regularly clouded the air in the mill; A WorkSafe BC report showed 10 samples taken at the mill in November found unacceptably high dust levels in the basement cleanup area -- citing respirtory concerns.

Neil McManus is an industrial hygienist at NorthWest Occupational Health and Safety.

He's an expert in workplace safety and explained how a dust explosion could have happened, to Daybreak host, Christ Walker.
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