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William Seller et al

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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12. It is the duty of all employees to exercise every care and precaution in carrying on the work, and to report the lack of it in others.

13. The greatest care must be observed in the handling and transportation of all explosives. Such materials are always dangerous, and cannot be handled too carefully.

14. Each employee is expected to look after and be responsible for his own safety, and at the same time to use the utmost care to avoid injury to his fellow workmen and others.

15. Permission musts be obtained from the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent before using lanterns in buildings containing explosives. Lanterns must not be lighted within 50 feet of any explosives building. They must be kept clean and properly protected at all times. They must be filled only in the place designated by the Superintendent.


BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 7 File 5 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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