State of Safety 2017 - Media Relations Actions in 2017

DATE OF ACTION

TOPIC

ACTION

TECHNOLOGY

SYNOPSIS

January 6

Chairlift safety and accident protocols

 

Media response

Passenger ropeways

Technical Safety BC’s Senior Safety Officer, Elevating, Ropeways and Amusements, David Looney, provided Sun Peaks Independent News with chair lift safety tips and incident information for chair lift users.

January 6

Space heater safety

Media response

Electrical

Senior Electrical Safety officer, Michael Pilato responded to an interview request with CBC News regarding electrical safety tips for space heaters

January 24

Is your fireplace safe?

Media release

Gas

Technical Safety BC issued a media release regarding a recall of certain natural gas and propane fireplaces manufactured by Security Fireplaces.

February 17

Oversight of construction practices in BC

Media response

All

Technical Safety BC provided information to Journal of Commerce regarding how we manage assessment work in the province’s very busy construction market. 

March 20

BC Safety Authority announces changes to board of directors

Media release

All

Technical Safety BC announced changes to its Board of Directors.

April 10

What lies beneath: BC Safety Authority and FortisBC remind of the risks of ground breaking activates during Safe Digging Month

 

Media release

Gas/Electrical

Technical Safety BC and FortisBC  partnered to promote safe digging practices around electrical and gas lines.

April 10

Safe Digging Month tips and information

Media response

Gas/Electrical

Technical Safety BC responded to a request for information from RadioNL in Kelowna on Safe Digging Month.

April 10

Lack of venting system caused carbon monoxide exposure in fatal incident near Ashcroft

Media release

Gas

Technical Safety BC issued a media release regarding our investigation into a fatal carbon monoxide incident in Ashcroft, BC.

April 10

Carbon monoxide exposure in fatal incident near Ashcroft

Media release

Gas

Technical Safety BC conducted an on-air interview for Radio NL in Kelowna regarding the Ashcroft carbon monoxide investigation.

April 20

Woss railway derailment

Media response

Railways

Technical Safety BC responded to a request for information from Global BC News regarding the Woss railway detrailment.

April 21

Woss railway derailment

Media response

Railways

Technical Safety BC responded to an inquiry from CBC News regarding our role in Woss railway derailment investigation.

April 27

McBride Sawmill fire

Media response

Electrical

Technical Safety BC provided a statement to the Lakes District News regarding a sawmill fire near McBride.

May 1

The ups and downs of elevator maintenance

Article

Elevating Devices

Technical Safety BC prepared an article on building and strata owners’ responsibilities around elevator maintenance.

May 6

Gas and electrical equipment safety un floods

Media release

Gas/Electrical

Technical Safety BC issued a media release on dangers of using electrical and gas equipment damaged by flood waters.

May 8

Spring home maintenance tips

Media response

Gas

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from Sun Peaks Independent News (SPIN) around spring cleaning and safety tips, with a focus on gas appliances.

May 14

Railway types inquiry

Media response

Railways

Technical Safety BC responded to an inquiry from Postmedia regarding different types of railways regulated by our organization.

May 25

BC Safety Authority releases 2016 State of Safety report

Media release

All

We released our 2016 State of Safety Report to publicly share safety data on understanding and managing safety risks in BC.

May 26

Elevator servicing inquiry

Media response

Elevating Devices

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from CBC News for data on elevators in BC that are out of service and timelines for repair.

June 7

Woss railway incident

Media response

Railways

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from CBC for information on the Woss railway incident.

June 12

Contractor Credentials

Media response

Gas

Technical Safety BC provided CBC Newwith information regarding  on an unlicensed contractor advertising their services.   

June 14

Gas and electrical equipment safety in wildfires

Media release

Gas/Electrical

Technical Safety BC reminded homeowners and business to take precautions with gas and electrical appliances during wildfires.

June 26

Six common barbecue dangers - and how to avoid them

Media release

Gas

Technical Safety BC issued a media release on how to avoid common dangers for barbeques

June 26

Six common barbecue dangers - and how to avoid them

Media response

Gas

Technical Safety BC conducted a radio interview with AM1150 on barbecue safety.

June 26

Six common barbecue dangers - and how to avoid them

Media response

Gas

Technical Safety BC conducted an interview on CHNL radio regarding barbecue safety.

June 29

Dumbwaiter issue in Burns Lake

Media response

Elevating Devices

Technical Safety BC provided information to Black Press regarding a dumbwaiter in a Burns Lake thrift store that had been shut down due to non-compliance with regulations.

July 24

The key to elevator safety in an emergency

Article

Elevating Devices

Technical Safety BC supplied an article to BOMA eNews regarding the mandatory presence of a fire fighters’ key switch in all elevators by the end of 2017.

August 17

Grouse Mountain incident

Media response

Passenger Ropeways

Technical Safety BC provided information to CKNW regarding an incident on the Grouse Mountain gondola.

July 26

Returning home after wildfires? Here’s what you need to know

Media release

All

Technical Safety BC issues a media release to residents returning home from the wildfires and precautions they should take around electrical and gas equipment.

July 28

Amusement ride safety

Media response

Amusement Devices

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from Roundhouse Radio for information on amusement device safety in BC following a fatal incident in Ohio.

July 27

Amusement ride safety

Media Response

Amusement Devices

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from Global News for information on amusement device safety in BC following a fatal incident in Ohio.

September 8

Woss railway inquiry

Media response

Railways

Technical Safety BC responded to a request from the Times-Colonist regarding the Woss derailment.

September 11

Do you know about CO?

Media release

Gas

Technical Safety BC issued a media released around the dangers of carbon.

September 15

Carbon monoxide safety

Advertising

Gas

Technical Safety BC and FortisBC jointly participated in an advertising campaign with Preventable aimed at raising awareness around carbon monoxide.

September 20

BC Safety Authority is now Technical Safety BC

Media release

All

Technical Safety BC announces they have changed their operating name from BC Safety Authority to Technical Safety BC.

October 6

Technical Safety BC’s corporate information

Media response

All

Technical Safety BC responded to a request for organizational information from a reporter for CBC.

October 18

Understanding and preventing the dangers of ammonia exposure

Media release

Boiler, Pressure Vessels, Refrigeration

Technical Safety BC issued a media release on the dangers of ammonia exposure following an incident in Fernie, BC.

November 8

Don’t be trippin’, warn Technical Safety BC

Media release

Electrical

Technical Safety BC issued a media release around circuit breakers tripping. the

November 15

Ammonia education

Media response

Boilers, Pressure Vessels, and Refrigeration

Technical Safety BC provided information to a blogger and student reporter regarding ammonia education.

November 28

Technical Safety BC Partners with Generation R deliver an ethics roadmap for artificial intelligence and data analytics

Media release

All

Technical Safety BC issued a release regarding completion of an ethics roadmap for software-based decision support systems.

November 30

Ski lift safety, not selfie, say Technical Safety BC

Media release

Passenger Ropeways

Technical Safety BC issued a media release on ski lift safety.

November 30

Passenger Ropeway safety

Media response

Passenger Ropeways

Technical Safety BC provided information to CBC on ski lift-related injuries.

December 4

Light it up, don’t burn it down: 10 holiday decorating tips for electrical safety

Media release

Electrical

Technical Safety BC issued a media release advising of holiday electrical safety tips..

December 7

Artificial intelligence at Technical Safety BC

Media response

All

Catherine Roome was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio regarding Technical Safety BC’s use of artificial intelligence and our work on an ethics roadmap with Generation R. 

December 13

Ammonia refrigeration systems in ice rinks and Technical Safety BC

Media response

Boilers, Pressure Vessels, and  Refrigeration

Janice Lee of Technical Safety BC participated in an interview with Canadian Press regarding ammonia refrigeration systems in ice rinks.