British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

July 27, 2009 09:00 ET

BC Safety Authority Reports on the State of Safety in BC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has released its State of Safety Report 2008 which provides an overview of reported incidents related to the technologies that it regulates. The report also summarizes the outcome of inspections carried out by its safety officers, analyses inspection data and identifies safety risks.

In 2008, there were a total of 456 incidents reported to the BCSA. This represents a 5% decline from the 483 reported incidents in 2007. Only 359 were directly related to regulated equipment or operations under the BCSA's jurisdiction.

There were fewer minor injuries last year at 80 from 151 in 2007. Major injuries were higher at 58 from 10 in the previous year. The rise in major injuries was largely caused by a single incident that sent 27 people to a hospital for carbon monoxide exposure. Two deaths were also reported due to separate gas-related incidents.

The report also summarizes the enforcement activities conducted by the BCSA. In 2008, a total of 625 enforcement actions were carried out, most of which were compliance orders and suspensions of permit privileges.

The BCSA regulates the following seven technologies:

- Amusement devices (including amusement rides, ziplines, waterslides)

- Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems

- Electrical equipment and systems

- Elevating devices (elevators and escalators)

- Gas appliances and systems

- Passenger ropeways (including tramways, gondolas and ski lifts)

- Railways

The BCSA considers the data it collects every year as fundamental to its operations. According to Harry Diemer, the BCSA's President and Chief Executive Officer, "The data allows us to identify high-risk areas and create strategies to reduce risk and prevent accidents across our province."

"Year-over-year safety will improve as we continue to develop tools such as risk control plans, incident investigation skills and root cause analysis to reduce risk and prevent accidents."

Diemer also pointed out that education was "a major initiative and priority" in 2008.

"As an example, in response to the growing number of zipline operations, we worked with members of the amusement ride industry to bring previously unregistered rides into compliance by educating operators."

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded corporation that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

To read and download the State of Safety Report 2008, visit the BCSA's website at www.safetyauthority.ca.

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