Data by technology: 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.
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.
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.
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)
Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 2,836 assessments in 2020. There were 1,492 in-person inspections and 1,344 remote inspections.
|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.