Mushroom Farm Deaths
May 14, 2011 by staff
Mushroom Farm Deaths, Each time 15 years old, Tracey Phan visits his father in the hospital, she talks to him even though she is not sure he could hear. “I do not know if you know what I’m sayin ‘he said. “I do not know if I can see it or not, but I’m hoping he can.” Michael Phan, Lngley a father of two, has been in a coma for three years since he was overcome by gas in South Langley mushroom farm. It is one of the two people who survived but were seriously injured in the incident of 2008 incident that killed three other men on the farm that produces mushrooms in manure 23751-16 Ave.
When a pipe burst in a shed used to mix the gypsum, chicken manure and water, releasing toxic fumes that killed Ut Tran farm workers (based Surrey), Jimmy Chan Han Pham deaths and permanent injuries and Tchen Phan Phan Michael.
Tchen Phan is in a wheelchair and cannot hear, speak, walk or remember what happened to him.
On Friday, a lawyer for the three people who operate the farm two companies pleaded guilty to 10 counts of violating provincial safety regulations.
They will be sentenced in September.
Tracey Phan attended on Friday (May 13) morning hearing in Surrey Provincial Court with his mother Phoung Le.
Then the voice of teen shook as he explained to reporters what was life without a father figure.
“He was always there for me and now that has been removed, it is very difficult,” he said.
“Whatever happens, I never get my father back the way it was, never.”
When Phoung was asked if the convictions would bring closure, shook his head slowly.
“It’s not fair,” he said.
“[It] is not fair to my family.”
Nga brought Phat Trieu son 10 years old with her to see the guilty pleas entered.
Pham Trieu Han’s husband died trying to rescue people from such spaces.
“We do not know what happened exactly,” said the frustrated widow, speaking through an interpreter.
Asked whether the convictions will make you feel better, I said no.
“I’m not satisfied.”
Under the terms of the plea agreement, charges were dropped against Vy Tri Truong, who was one of four people originally charged last year following a 10-month investigation by WorkSafe BC.
The three remaining Qua Thi Ha Van Truong Huu Thinh Truong and Doan, and companies operating – A-1 Mushroom and HV Truong Ltd. Substrate Ltd. – pleaded guilty to 10 of the 29 charges, including not having a program health and safety in place, the fact educate workers about safety, lack of adequate supervision of workers and the lack of workers aware of hazards in confined spaces
His lawyer, Les Mackoff, told reporters that his client pleaded guilty as soon as reasonably possible but had to review 6,000 pages of material from the first fiscal.
“Our customers always wanted to take responsibility for their mistakes,” Mackoff said, adding that he admits to the violation of safety standards, not crimes.
Two of the individuals, has Qua Doan Truong Huu Thinh and were present for the court hearing. They face a maximum fine of 600,000 and a maximum of six months in jail.
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