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Electrical Safety Order: Electrical Equipment Located in Sawmills
8 May 2012
Reference #: SO-EL 2012-01
This safety order is being issued to owners and operators of sawmills utilizing electrical equipment. Electrical equipment is a regulated product under the Safety Standards Act.
In the past 3 months explosions and fires at two sawmills in British Columbia have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries to workers. Previous incidents have also been identified in which wood dust has been ignited by electrical equipment.
Although the investigations into the two recent fatal incidents are ongoing and the causes of those incidents have not been identified, this Safety Order is aimed at minimizing the risk of fire or explosion related to regulated electrical equipment being a potential combustion or ignition source in wood processing operations.