Family members of the three workers killed and two permanently injured in the 2008 A1 Mushrooms Farms workplace accident stood outside the Surrey Provincial Court to voice their thoughts on the verdict last November. Owners of the farm received fines totaling $350

WorkSafe BC acts on mushroom farm coroner’s inquest recommendations

Several recommendations from a coroner's inquest into the deaths of three Langley mushroom farm workers are being acted on.

WorkSafe BC is sending documents to 5,200 employers in the agriculture industry to educate them about high-risk activities and the hazards of working in closed spaces.

The documents are the direct result of a coroner’s recommendation that followed the inquest into the deaths of three workers on a mushroom farm in south Langley on Sept. 8, 2008.

A coroner’s inquest ruled that Ut Van Tran, 35, Han Duc Pham, 47, and 55-year-old Jimmy Chi Wai Chan died accidentally when they were overcome by toxic fumes coming from a pipe in a pump house at A-1 Mushroom Substratum Farm, 23751 16 Ave. Two other farm workers survived by suffered brain damage.

Four principals of the company pleaded guilty to 10 of 29 charges. They were fined $350,000.

WorkSafe said that the ability of the agency and the Farm and  Ranch Safety and Health Association (FARSHA) to educate employers and help them to comply with regulations “will be greatly enhanced.”

WorkSafe also plans to conduct regular inspections of high-risk agricultural operations, and hire more agricultural inspectors.

In a recent status report, WorkSafe said that the majority of inspections are unannounced, but random inspections, even in high-risk sectors “has not proven to be successful in reducing injury rates.”

Just Posted

Championship action kicks off tonight at Langley Events Centre

Giants prepare to do battle in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Friday on home ice

PHOTOS: Langley RCMP volunteers ‘represent the best of our community’

Dozens were honoured Thursday night during the 27th annual Langley RCMP’s volunteer dinner

Langley MP describes most recent diagnosis as a ‘miracle’

Tory Member of Parliament Mark Warawa doesn’t have pancreatic cancer, but operable colon cancer

Aldergrove Easter event line-up for families staying local

Easter egg hunts in apple orchards, bouncy castles, facepainting, bunny-petting and more.

Young ukulele players wow Langley audience

The performance highlights several upcoming concerts.

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Crews battle Burnaby blaze; 2 people sent to hospital

Emergency Support Services helping residents displaced by fire

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Man driving wrong way on Highway 17 ‘seriously’ injured after crash: Surrey RCMP

Police say the driver hit a transport truck, then another car after merging from the off-ramp onto highway

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Most Read