State of Safety Report 2014

About the State of Safety Report

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) receives reports of incidents and conducts assessments of regulated equipment and work. Through investigation and assessment, BCSA advances the knowledge of safety risks and focuses attention toward managing those risks.

The 2014 State of Safety report is the eleventh publication of its kind from BCSA.

In accordance with the administrative agreement between the Province of British Columbia and BCSA, the State of Safety report provides:

  • Analysis of incident and injury trends in all sectors regulated by BCSA.
  • Explanations for incident and injury trends, particularly significant deviations.
  • Comparisons, where possible, between BC incidents and those of other jurisdictions.
  • Responses to information gathered from investigations, including understanding causes and taking necessary action to resolve systemic problems.
  • A summary of risk-reduction initiatives and safety services to educate and communicate with the general public, clients and stakeholders of BCSA.
  • A summary of national committees and inter-provincial working groups where BCSA has participated and provided leadership.
  • A listing of enforcement actions taken by BCSA.

This report is organized into two main sections. Each section aims to provide an understanding of safety hazards observed in 2014 followed by the efforts led by BCSA to facilitate duty holder management of those hazards.

The first section provides an overall summary of hazards and safety management efforts at an organizational level, while the second section provides a similar analysis specific to each industry sector regulated by BCSA.

State of Safety Report 2014 Index PDF

Message from the Chair

Message from the President and Chief Executive Officer

About BC Safety Authority

About the State of Safety Report

Understanding Safety Risks in BC

Managing Safety Risks in BC

Understanding Electrical Safety Risks

Managing Electrical Safety Risks

Understanding and Managing Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration Safety Risks

Managing Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration Safety Risks

Understanding Gas Safety Risks

Managing Gas Safety Risks

Understanding Elevating Devices Safety Risks

Managing Elevating Devices Safety Risks

Understanding Railway Safety Risks

Managing Railway Safety Risks

Understanding Passenger Ropeways Safety Risks

Managing Passenger Ropeways Safety Risks

Understanding Amusement Devices Safety Risks

Managing Amusement Devices Safety Risks

Alternative Safety Approaches

Appendix A1 Incident Summaries

Appendix A2 - Ammonia Release Incidents

Appendix A3 - Deropement Incidents

Appendix A4 - Carbon Monoxide Incidents

Appendix B - As Found Hazard Summary

Appendix C - Enforcement Actions

Appendix D - Regulatory Instruments & Amendments

Appendix E - Stakeholder Engagement

Appendix F - Client Education Program

Appendix G - Media Relations Actions

Appendix H - Local Government Administration

Appendix I - Technical Risk Register

Appendix J - Glossary

Appendix K - Contributors