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State of Safety 2019 Incidents




Incidents involving work or equipment regulated by the Safety Standards Act are required to be reported to the appropriate safety manager. We investigate many of these incidents to gain an understanding of safety hazards in BC and what actions can be taken to manage them.

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incidents reported to us in 2019


increase in number of incidents reported to us compared to 2018


incident investigations completed

Reported incidents in 2019

Technical Safety BC completes investigations on certain incidents reported to us in all technologies except for Rail. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is the lead investigative body for all railway incidents in BC for the purpose of determining causes. We investigate incidents reported to us when:

  • Regulated work or regulated equipment is involved.
  • Evidence is available to help determine causes and contributing factors.
  • A learning opportunity exists to understand and document what caused the incident, and to inform prevention of similar incidents.

In 2019, we received 600 notifications of incidents involving regulated equipment or work, compared to 558 in 2018. The nature and volume of incidents reported is similar to previous years with a moderate increase in 2019 involving fires related to failures in electrical and gas technologies.

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Severe incidents in 2019

In 2019 there were four incidents rated as severe:

  • 3 railway incidents
  • 1 electrical failure in a cannabis cultivation facility

Major incidents in 2019

There were 19 incidents rated as major. These include a major gas explosion in two fireplaces of an apartment building, a boiler explosion in a recreational facility, and the Sea-to-Sky gondola cable failure. Further details below.

  • 6 fire incidents
  • 4 falls, collisions and unintended contact with transportation equipment
  • 3 railway incidents
  • 2 elevator did not operate as intended
  • 1 gondola cable failure
  • 1 arc flash
  • 1 electrical equipment (meter) failure
  • 1 water ingress in elevator

Incidents by technology in 2019


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State of Safety 2019 Incidents

Incident investigations

We share the learnings from our incident investigations in order to prevent similar incidents from reoccurring.

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Incidents and hazards for the technologies we regulate can be reported to us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online or by phone.