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Charges laid in farm deaths

Almost two years after an industrial incident killed three and left two others with brain damage, charges against a pair of companies and their employees were sworn yesterday in Surrey provincial court.

A-1 Mushrooms Substratum Ltd. and H.V. Troung Ltd., as well as four owners, supervisors and company directors, were charged yesterday with 29 counts under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Jimmy Chan, Han Pham and Ut Tran were killed in the Sept. 5, 2008, accident.

Two others, Michael Phan and Phuc Thang Tchen, suffered brain damage.

The five were overcome with gas or suffered a lack of oxygen in an enclosed space at a Langley mushroom farm.

Tracey Phan, whose father Michael Phan is still in a coma, noted the maximum sentence for the charges is six months in jail.

“I’m happy that the (charges) were given out, but I don’t think six months is enough,” Phan said yesterday at a news conference organized by the NDP.

Jeff hodson with files from the canadian press

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