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Elevating Devices Safety
Elevating Devices Safety

Data by technology: 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.

Incidents

In 2020, the number of incidents reported to us decreased by 64 (62%) compared to 2019.

There were no major incidents reported to us in 2020. Seven minor incidents included an elevator losing its programmed timers resulting in the doors closing immediately after opening.

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

Elevating Devices Incidents by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Injuries

In 2020, six injuries were reported to Technical Safety BC which is an 85% decrease compared with 2019. This decrease in injuries is likely due to the impact of COVID-19 and reduced usage of elevating devices.

Elevating Devices Injuries by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Permits

The number of permits increased in 2020 to 27,642. The addition of 471 installation permits represented a 25% increase compared with 2019. Operation permits decreased by 2.1% in 2020.

Elevating Device Permits by Year (2016 - 2020)

Assessments

Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 2,836 assessments in 2020. There were 1,492 in-person inspections and 1,344 remote inspections.
 

Assessment ratings

Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s).
Conditional Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work may only be undertaken as directed on the certificate of inspection, while the identified non-compliances are being corrected.
Fail The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work on the affected system or phase of work, and/or operation of the regulated equipment must not be undertaken until the identified non-compliances have been corrected.

Elevating Device In-person Inspections in 2020

Elevating Device Remote Inspections in 2020

Improving elevating device safety

To improve the safe operation of elevators, escalators, and moving walks in BC, the B44-16 elevating safety code came into effect on  April 30, 2020. The new code, which includes maintenance control programs and new testing requirements, calls for more transparency from maintenance contractors and device owners.

Additionally, Technical Safety BC has introduced continuing education requirements for Elevating Devices Mechanic certificate renewals. These continuing education requirements ensure mechanics are staying up to date with safety information and changes in their industry.