Hundreds of ‘high hazard’ sites in Winnipeg to be inspected

Global News

WINNIPEG – Fire officials are changing the way they inspect businesses that use or make hazardous materials.

There are 300 “high hazard” sites in Winnipeg that under existing rules are not regularly inspected to ensure safety measures are in place, the city says.

Fire crews will now inspect hazardous materials businesses on a regular basis. Those classified as “high hazard” will be checked once a year. “Low hazard” companies will be inspected once every five years.

The switch comes 1.5 years after an explosion destroyed Speedway International, a racing fuel manufacturer. The October 2012 blaze sent fireballs and thick plumes of black smoke into the air and caused $15-million damage. Parts of St. Boniface had to be evacuated.

“I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said St. Boniface councillor Dan Vandal. “Ideally, in the long term, we want to put distance between where people live and where…

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