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State of Safety 2019 - Elevating Devices

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


physical assessments (inspections) completed


In 2019, the number of elevating incidents reported to us decreased by 35 (22%) compared to 2018.

The number of major incidents was the same as the previous year. These five incidents were related to equipment damage to parts such as the door sensor, motor shaft, or flooding and leveling.

The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC that were still under investigation at year end.

Elevating device incidents in 2019



29 injuries related to elevating devices were reported in 2019, which is a 44% decrease compared to 2018. Three injuries were rated major, all were equipment damage incidents.

Please 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.

Elevating device injuries in 2019



In 2019, there were 1,773 installation permits (including those related to modifications of existing equipment) and 25,836 operating permits for elevating devices. This represented a 12% increase in permits compared to 2018.

Elevating device permits in 2019



Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 3,047 physical assessments (inspections) of elevating devices in 2019, a 2% increase compared to 2018.

The severity of the hazards has increased, which can be attributed to the implementation of sample plans and increased audits in 2019.

Assessments are rated as follows:

Elevating device inspections in 2019