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Farm union calls for inquiry into B.C. farm fatalities


September 10, 2008
By United Food and Commercial Workers Canada

September 10, 2008, Vancouver,
B.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) has
called for an inquiry following the deaths of three workers and the
hospitalization of three others after they were overcome by fumes at a
Langley, B.C., mushroom growing facility.

September 10, 2008, Vancouver, B.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) has called for an inquiry following the deaths of three workers and the hospitalization of three others after they were overcome by fumes at a Langley, B.C., mushroom growing facility.

The workers had entered a utility shed on the farm. It’s believed a pipe in the shed burst, releasing a mix of manure, gypsum and toxic gases into the enclosed space.

WorkSafe BC is currently investigating exactly how the accident occurred. (Read a statement from the organization about the incident.)


“We extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims,” said UFCW Canada national president Wayne Hanley. “Our hopes (are) for a full recovery for the three other workers. The families, the public, and all agriculture workers need to know what led to this tragedy and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

“This demands a full public inquiry to be followed up by action and not just apologies.”


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