26 March 2012

BC Safety Authority takes 195 enforcement actions in 2011

A total of 195 enforcement actions were taken by the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) against contractors, equipment owners and others doing work or using regulated equipment in BCSA-regulated technologies in 2011.

As part of an ongoing effort by the BC Safety Authority to promote compliance with safety standards and legislation, 180 compliance orders were issued in 2011 along with 13 monetary penalties and two suspensions.

A compliance order is a written document issued by a safety officer 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.

For the thirteen monetary penalties imposed in 2011, both individuals and companies were cited for non-compliances such as failing to comply with safety requirements and unlawfully performing regulated work. Full details on these and other enforcement actions are published on the Safety Authority’s website.

In order to appreciate enforcement actions in the broader perspective of BC’s safety system, please refer to the State of Safety Report which can be accessed through the BCSA website at http://www.safetyauthority.ca/about/publications.

The British Columbia Safety Authority promotes the safe installation and use of technical equipment. We are a not-for-profit organization. As the Province’s delegated authority, we administer safety standards, enforce compliance, issue permits and licenses, educate, and conduct assessments and onsite inspections – particularly in high-risk situations. We continuously advance the standard of safe practices in BC.

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BC Safety Authority, Media Relations
Tel. 778-396-2164 or media@safetyauthority.ca