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State of Safety 2019 Compliance and enforcement

Compliance and enforcement

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Overview

When non-compliances are identified, our first step is often to work with duty holders to help them understand their obligations, and provide them with a clear pathway to resolution. However, when these interventions don't achieve the desired result, Technical Safety BC may take enforcement action to achieve compliance.

Key statistics

$36K

highest monetary penalty in 2019

238

compliance orders issued

25

compliance audits conducted in 2019

Compliance and enforcement

In 2019, we conducted 555 compliance and enforcement actions, of which 238 were compliance orders and 25 were compliance audits. This reflects an increase in resources dedicated to data analytics and assessment tools, allowing us to better find non-compliant work.

Activities detailed are:

 

Compliance audit

Our compliance audits speak to the fairness of the selection process and the impact that audits have on the safety system. The criteria is organized into three distinct categories for determining compliance audits:

  1. Random: An independent computer algorithm randomly selects a sample of contractor license data within all technologies, in all regions, on an annual basis.
     
  2. Investigation: Analysis of the following indicators:
    • the average rate of obtaining permits in a given period of time compared to industry average and other companies of same size and scope;
    • the number of non-compliances associated with a licence;
    • the hazard level associated with any non-compliance(s);
    • the company’s payroll compared with their permitting activities; and
    • other factors such as previous enforcement history and the effectiveness of previous enforcement.
       
  3. Compliance Monitoring: When enforcement action does not achieve the desired behavioural effect, a deeper dive into the duty holders activities is warranted. Audits on repeat offenders will reveal the root cause of why the non-compliant behaviour continues.

 

 

This chart demonstrates the distribution of audits based on contractor size (source data: WorkSafeBC, 2016-2019).

 

Compliance and enforcement by technology in 2019

 

Monetary penalties in 2019

 

Duty Holder
Technology
Category
Value
Westgate Resorts Ltd. Boiler & Pressure Vessels and Electrical Failure to comply with a compliance order  $36,000
LK Kitchen Cabinet d.b.a. LK Wood Works Electrical Failure to comply with a compliance order  $15,000
Daniel Pfefferkorn d.b.a. Pfeffie Contracting Boiler & Pressure Vessels Failure to comply with a compliance order  $6,000
Alouette Heating & Gas Ltd. Gas Failure to comply with a compliance order  $500
AllStar Mechanical Ltd. Gas Failure to comply with a compliance order  $12,500
West Bay Mechanical Ltd. Gas Failure to comply with a compliance order  $4,500
J & J Electric (1992) Ltd. Electrical Failure to comply with a compliance order  $12,500
Strata Plan LMS 1043 c/o FirstService Residential BC Ltd. d.b.a. FirstService Residential. Electrical Failure to comply with a compliance order  $12,000
A Z Plumbing & Gas (2017) Inc. Gas Failure to comply with a compliance order  $2,000

Langfield Heating Inc. 

Gas Failure to comply with a discipline order $17,500

Ryan Watkins

Gas Failure to comply with a discipline order $17,500
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