State of Safety Report 2016 - At a Glance

BC Safety Authority

State of Safety


BCSA receives reports of incidents and conducts assessments of regulated equipment and work. Through investigation, inspection and audit, we aim to advance the knowledge of safety with a view towards managing risk. More detailed analysis, specific to each regulated industry sector, is available in our full State of Safety Report.

BCSA 2016 Statistics


Understanding Safety Risks in BC

Managing Safety Risks in BC

Understanding and Managing Safety Risks in BC by Industry Sector

Electrical PDF
Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration PDF
Elevating Devices PDF
Railway PDF
Passenger Ropeways PDF
Amusement Devices PDF
Alternative Safety Approaches PDF

Safety Stories

The State of Safety provides an account of BCSA’s efforts in the oversight of the Safety Standards Act in BC during 2016. There were many activities in 2016 that supported the collective understanding and management of safety. Some were isolated, some were directly connected to each other in their effort, while others represented a network of efforts spanning years, jurisdictions, organizations and borders.

Each activity is part of a safety story. Here, we share a few stories that illustrate our approach to safety oversight and showcase our connected and collaborative efforts toward our vision: Safe technical systems. Everywhere.

BCSA-led boiler investigation influences global standards

Have you ever waited a moment too long to light a barbecue and been surprised by the “whoosh” as built-up gas ignites? Safety professionals call this a “hard light-off” or delayed ignition and, if you are outside, the result is typically a yelp followed by jokes about singed eyebrows. But in many circumstances, it’s no laughing matter.

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BCSA takes leading role to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Each year in BC, numerous carbon monoxide (CO) incidents are reported to the authorities. Some come via 911 from panicked homeowners who have been alerted by their CO detector sounding. Others come from contractors, technicians and utility employees who have identified fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, boilers, water heaters or fireplaces that are not working properly.

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Enforcing compliance with safety regulations: A shared responsibility

It was like finding a ticking time bomb: a 240-volt electrical distribution panel with no safety cover under the back deck of a suburban home. Anyone accessing the panel would need to stand in an inch of water that saturated the ground under the deck. There was no lighting in this dark, damp area, so the danger was difficult to spot. It was also completely accessible through an unlocked door, posing a severe shock hazard to anyone who might come in contact with the panel.

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Incident Summary & Case Studies

Incident Summaries

View a full listing of closed incident investigations for 2016 in all industry sectors.

Incident Investigation Summary Reports

In 2016 BCSA began implementing changes to our incident investigation program. These investigations are now published on our website to improve learning and engagement opportunities with the public and regulated workers.

Case Studies

Collecting information on incidents over a period of time allows BCSA to uncover important safety trends. We have prepared multi-year case studies on the following topics which provide an in-depth view at some key risks in specific technologies:

 Ammonia Release Incidents (2007-2015)

 Carbon monoxide Incidents (2007-2015)

 Deropement Incidents (January 2009-June 2016)

 Elevator Levelling Incidents (2009-2015)

For more details, please see the full State of Safety Report