B.C. ambulance service reacts to inquest

Jury makes eight recommendations to make job safer
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/27/2007

In light of an inquest into the deaths of four people, including two paramedics, at a mine in Kimberley, B.C., the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) is soundproofing the dispatch centre and educating staff on what constitutes a confined space, according to the emergency service's chief operating officer.

Last year, two Teck Cominco Sullivan mine workers and two paramedics, who were trying to rescue the workers, died in a small shed, which had become oxygen deprived because of gas leaking from the floor.

The coroner’s inquest was held in Kimberley, about 330 kilometres east of Vancouver, from July 9 to July 13. The jury brought down 16 recommendations, eight of which applied to BCAS, and recommended mine-safety regulations governing confined spaces be brought in line with WorkSafe BC rules.