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Incident Investigations

As part of Technical Safety BC's commitment to share safety information with clients and the public, we share our incident investigation summaries. The investigations are documented in our enhanced incident investigation report format and organized by technology.

When does Technical Safety BC investigate?
  • When regulated work or regulated equipment is involved
  • When evidence is available to help determine causes and contributing factors
  • Where a learning opportunity exists to understand and document what caused the incident, and to inform prevention of similar incidents.
When does Technical Safety BC not investigate?
  • Where a regulated product or work is not involved
  • Where there is no evidence of regulated equipment being involved, or it has been ruled out.
  • It does not meet the definition of an incident
  • Evidence of cause or contributing factors is poor or non-existent.
Title Sort descending Ref # Incident Date Technologies Publish Date
Amusement Devices: Neck strain (headache, stiff neck) to 2 of riders II-705299-2018 (#7610) Amusement Devices 5 June 2019
Amusement Devices: rider complained of whiplash and bruising on her right side of her body while the co-rider had back pain II-694728-2018 (7408) Amusement Devices 5 June 2019
Amusement ride: Roller Coaster Shoulder Restraint System Failure II-692974-2018 (#7309) Amusement Devices 2 July 2019
An elevator came to an abrupt stop causing injuries to a lone passenger II-986603-2020 (#16765) Elevating Devices 12 July 2021
An uncontrolled release of natural gas on a newly installed piping system results in a fire II-1069070-2020 (#19265) Gas 12 July 2021
Apartment complex broken gas line results in a major fire II-821645-2019 (#11290) Gas 22 April 2020
Appliance piping connection breaks loose causing gas leak and ignition II-733176-2018 (8294) Gas 4 February 2019
Appliance regulator failure in fireplace creates unsafe conditions at Vancouver residence 638833 Gas 27 April 2018
Arc flash event from an overheated fuse holder sends manufacturing facility offline II-1235312-2021 (#23370) Electrical 18 May 2022
Arc flashes caused during work on energized electric panelboard II-713160-2018 (#7838) Electrical 12 October 2018
Arcing condition possibly occurred when winding became electrically conductive II-809561-2019 (#10925) Passenger Ropeways 27 February 2020
Armoured cable entered into energized electrical panel causes electrical fire in load centre II-760614-2018 (9226) Electrical 4 February 2019
Attempt to board moving gondola using motorized wheelchair fails 5617901 Passenger Ropeways 14 November 2017
Babine Forest Products explosion and fire Electrical 12 July 2018
BBQ was lit and left unattended causing a fire II-1183960-2021 (#21757) Gas 3 March 2022
Biomass-fired thermal fluid heater damaged from an internal fire II-1260939-2021 (#24215) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 18 May 2022
Black liquor pulp by-product released from ruptured piping II-977639-2020 (#16571) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 24 April 2020
Blown out gasket results in (NH3) ammonia leaking into machine room II-797439-2019 (#10506) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 12 November 2020
Boiler room fire damages apartment building 4824 Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 30 May 2018
Brake malfunction on a construction elevator 5615856 Elevating Devices 15 December 2017
Broken bolts bring elevator to a stop II-640991-2018 (#5063) Elevating Devices 5 November 2018
Broken handrail track damages Burnaby escalator 5621423 Elevating Devices 15 December 2017
Broken portion of an escalator step injures worker II-639118-2018 Elevating Devices 25 April 2018
Burnt electrical cord and cord end at fish farm site II-959937-2019 (#16228) Electrical 8 May 2020
Burnt out main breaker requires refurbishment of buss work and main breaker replacement II-845396-2019 (#12047) Electrical 22 October 2019