Summary of Enforcement Activity
The BC Safety Authority took 47 enforcement actions between April 1 and June 30, 2011. Safety officers and safety managers issued 44 compliance orders, imposed one discipline order suspending a certificate of qualification, and imposed two monetary penalties.
|Table 1: Q2 Summary of Enforcement Actions*|
|Suspended Authorization and Permit Privileges||0|
|Suspended Authorization Privileges||0|
|Suspended Permit Privileges||0|
|Revocation of a Contractor's Licence||0|
|Suspension of a Contractor's Licence||0|
|Revocation of a Certificate of Qualification||0|
|Suspension of a Certificate of Qualification||1|
|Total Number of Enforcement Actions in Q2:||47|
* Railway statistics have not been included in the figures presented.
A compliance order is a written document issued by a safety officer or safety manager requiring that a person take action, stop, and/or modify their regulated work or use of a regulated product in accordance with safety standards and legislation.
|Table 2: Compliance Orders Issued in Q2 2011 by Technology|
|Boiler, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration||0|
|Total Number of Compliance Orders Issued:||44|
Two monetary penalties were issued in Q2, 2011; one in the amusement rides technology and one in the gas technology.
Company: Chet Construction Ltd.
Collected in Q2 – Monetary Penalty from Q1
In an effort to increase public safety, the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has collected a $7,400 monetary penalty from BC Underground Contractors, an excavating company in Kelowna, after obtaining a court order to seize assets.
An incident investigation by BCSA in February 2010, determined that BC Underground Contractors damaged a main gas line causing a release of natural gas and disruption of service to more than 850 homes in the Black Mountain area near Kelowna.
The Gas Safety Regulation requires excavators to confirm the location of underground gas lines by hand digging before the use of mechanized equipment. This regulation is intended to protect public and environmental safety by preventing damage to gas systems that could result in gas leaks, explosions, fires, and environmental damage.
The BC Safety Authority determined that the contractor did not confirm the location of the gas line before excavating and issued a compliance order requiring the owner of BC Underground Contractors to implement safe excavating procedures by their employees.
In March 2010, a subsequent line was damaged by the same contractor. This incident happened during excavating activity in the vicinity of a private residence in Kelowna and being the second incident, BC Safety Authority then imposed a monetary penalty.
Suspension of a Certificate of Qualification
A discipline order was imposed on an individual for failing to comply with previously-issued compliance orders. The individual’s certificate of qualification was suspended and the individual may not perform any regulated gas-fitting work as referenced in the Safety Standards Act.
The individual may apply to have the qualification reinstated upon completion of the following terms:
- practical evaluation of technical skills by a training/educational institution acceptable to BC Safety Authority,
- submission of a Compliance Regulatory Plan, and
- successful completion of the Act, Regulation and Directives (“ARD”) exam.
- Provincial legislation restricts the information that may be published with respect to individuals. Accordingly, the BC Safety Authority may provide descriptions of enforcement actions taken against individuals but will only identify corporate entities by name.
- In order to appreciate enforcement actions in the broader perspective of the safety system, please refer to the 2010 State of Safety Report.