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Elevating Devices



Technical Safety BC oversees the safety of elevators, escalators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters, lifts, and construction hoists in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation.



Key Statistics



incidents reported to us.


injuries reported to us.


inspections (physical assessments).




In 2018 the number of incidents involving elevating devices reported to us increased over previous years. The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC, but which were still under investigation at year-end.

There were five major incidents, three of which were related to escalator step pile-ups. One involved an overheated elevator motor that got hot and started to smoke, and one involved a component failure which caused uncontrolled descent of a hoist. 


The number of injuries reported to us increased over last year. It's important to note that we receive 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 us and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.


In 2018, there were 1,758 installation permits (including those related to modifications of existing equipment) and 22,922 active operating permits for elevating devices. 


Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 2,979 physical assessments (inspections) of elevating devices equipment in 2018. Those assessments are rated as follows:

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