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State of Safety 2017 - Elevating Devices


Safety Manager's Discussion

Many initiatives were undertaken in 2017 to promote the safe use and maintenance of elevating devices. One of the key areas of focus was periodic and annual testing of elevating devices and reporting by contractors. Our team conducted compliance audits to confirm if contractors were performing maintenance and the required tests at the legislated intervals.

Following these audits, three major enforcement actions were issued to contractors. Two contractors failed to meet safety order requirements regarding annual brake maintenance and one failed to meet safety order requirements regarding annual brake maintenance and directive requirements in regards to periodic testing. Through these enforcement activities, we were able to influence industry and achieve noticeable changes in contractor behavior and their approach to regulatory compliance.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce and manage risk, we also undertook an initiative to address aging non-compliances which resulted in a 64% decrease in the total number. The elevating device contractors played a major role in achieving this and the results show that asset owners, contractors, and regulators can achieve great results when working together as partners in safety.

Elevating Devices Mechanics are required to renew their Certificates of Qualification every three years, and 2017 was the first renewal cycle. We established an Elevating Devices Mechanic Certification Working Group and continue to optimize our procedures within the current regulatory framework. In 2018, we will develop learning opportunities to help support mechanics with the code revision, and continue oversight of certified individuals.

There were no major elevating incidents in 2017 that resulted in personal injury. However, we saw two incidents on escalators related to lack of maintenance and improper adjustments to escalator brakes. We are in the process of developing a mitigation strategy to address this emerging risk.

2017 also saw compliance being achieved for the Single Bottom Cylinder safety order that was issued in 2010. The order spanned over seven years and required 682 cylinders to be replaced and inspected; all identified hydraulic cylinders are now compliant to the requirements of the order.

Adoption of the 2016 edition of the CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators into the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation was a key priority in 2017. We completed public consultation to review the new Code which includes the introduction of Maintenance Control Plans (MCPs). Registration of MCPs will allow Technical Safety BC to collect and share robust data with contractors and asset owners. The Request For Amendment has been submitted to the provincial government for their consideration.

In 2018, we will continue to work closely with the elevating devices industry to successfully implement the 2016 edition of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators and the introduction of MCPs. We will continue to connect with certified individuals and provide learning opportunities for them. There will also be a focus on increasing our online services offerings so that clients can take a more direct approach in the oversight of their equipment. 2018 will also see a continued focus on regulatory compliance audits to ensure that elevating devices are installed, altered, and maintained in accordance with the code and regulatory requirements.

Nav Chahal
Safety Manager, Elevating, Amusements, and Ropeways


The following summarizes incidents reported to Technical Safety BC involving regulated elevating devices. There were no elevating devices incidents rated Severe in 2017 but five Major incidents occurred.

Note: In 2016 we changed the rating scale, hence the change from three to five categories.


Injuries reported as a result of elevating device incidents are summarized below. There was one Major injury (a fall from an escalator handrail) and no fatalities.

Note: Technical Safety BC receives its injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following, the incident. Injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to Technical Safety BC and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

Note: In 2016 we changed the rating scale, hence the change from three to five categories.

Assessments of Regulated Work



Stakeholder Engagement

The Stakeholder Engagement team works to enhance connections between stakeholders and Technical Safety BC via standing committees, advisory bodies and issue-specific consultations. Learn more in the Stakeholder Engagement section.

Media Relations and Communications

In 2017 Technical Safety BC undertook took 12 media relations-related actions (media releases, responses to media requests and/or interviews) and produced one technical client newsletters regarding elevating devices safety. We also shared general elevating devices safety information via social media (Facebook and Twitter). Learn more in the Media Relations and Communications section.

Licensing and Certification

Technical Safety BC requires that elevators are installed, operated and maintained by qualified and knowledgeable professionals. In 2017, five new contractor licenses and 418 new Certificates of Qualification were issued. Technical Safety BC regularly issues renewal certificates for existing certificate holders. Learn more in the Licensing and Certification section.


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Compliance and Enforcement Actions

The following table summarizes the compliance and enforcement actions taken in the elevating devices sector in 2017. Learn more in the Compliance and Enforcement section.

Regulatory Instruments and Amendments

In 2017 we issued one Elevating Devices safety order, three directives and five information bulletins. A full listing of all regulatory instruments pertaining to the Elevating Devices technology is available here. Learn more in the Regulatory Instruments and Amendments section.