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Trends in Safety




The number of injuries reported to us in a given year provides an important indicator of the impacts of the hazards inherent in regulated equipment. Together with industry, our goal is to minimize incidents and, therefore, injuries.

It's important to note that Technical Safety BC receives its injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following, the incident. As such, injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to us and the long-term effects of an injury may not be known to us — therefore not reflected in our statistics.



Key Statistics


incidents rated as major or severe. These were caused by electrical fire, railway incidents, and escalator step pile ups.


fatalities in 2018. Two were from suicide and one resulted from a fire incident.


injuries related to Elevating Devices — the most of any technology.



Reported Injuries

In 2018, the number of fatal and major injuries fell below the historical average.

In 2018, there were three fatalities reported to Technical Safety BC. One resulted from an electrical fire and two were attributed to suicide (railway).

There were also two major injuries reported: a hip fracture that resulted as a passenger unloaded from a chairlift and a suspected seizure experienced by a passenger while on an amusement ride.

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Click on 2018 to view breakdowns by technology.



Preventing Injuries

From using bouncy castles to choosing a contractor, learn about key public safety risks, and how to prevent them.