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Negligence alleged in blast

Federal health and safety officers are recommending a string of charges against the federal government after a boiler explosion at the Cliff Central Heating and Cooling Plant killed an engineer and injured another worker a year ago today, CBC News Online reports.

Federal health and safety officers are recommending a string of charges against the federal government after a boiler explosion at the Cliff Central Heating and Cooling Plant killed an engineer and injured another worker a year ago today, CBC News Online reports.

Documents obtained by CBC show that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada recommended labour code charges against the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

A report said the company that serviced the boilers wasn’t certified to do so, the plant had no proper emergency procedures, and employees working on the boilers hadn’t been shown the standard operating manual.

Shift engineer Peter Kennedy, 51, died after suffering second-degree burns to 60 per cent of his body.

Public Works Canada is expected to hold a stone-laying ceremony at the site of the explosion to mark the anniversary.

 
 
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