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Incident Investigations

As part of Technical Safety BC's commitment to share safety information with clients and the public, we share our incident investigation summaries. The investigations are documented in our enhanced incident investigation report format and organized by technology.

When does Technical Safety BC investigate?
  • When regulated work or regulated equipment is involved
  • When evidence is available to help determine causes and contributing factors
  • Where a learning opportunity exists to understand and document what caused the incident, and to inform prevention of similar incidents.
When does Technical Safety BC not investigate?
  • Where a regulated product or work is not involved
  • Where there is no evidence of regulated equipment being involved, or it has been ruled out.
  • It does not meet the definition of an incident
  • Evidence of cause or contributing factors is poor or non-existent.
Title Ref # Incident Date Technologies Publish Date
Electrical fault created within residential load center II-1052002-2020 (#19022) Electrical 22 October 2021
Dwelling sustained minor damage caused by wattage overload II-916070-2019 (#15535) Electrical 22 October 2021
Loose conductor termination creates arcing conditions II-966933-2020 (#16355) Electrical 22 October 2021
Door latching mechanism burns individual II-863230-2018 (#13186) Electrical 22 October 2021
Fire on exterior wall of a dwelling near generator and coolant heater II-934425-2019 (#15805) Electrical 22 October 2021
Fire breaks out in warehouse II-1160703-2021 (#21095) Gas 22 October 2021
Residential gas fired boiler explodes II-1114872-2020 (#20141) Gas 29 September 2021
Camper van set ablaze at propane refill station II-1068404-2020 (#19252) Gas 29 September 2021
Pressure vessel fails, releasing freon into machinery room II-1087124-2020 (#19499) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Electrical panel fire causes minor damage to detached shop II-1056017-2020 (#19079) Electrical 27 September 2021
Fire started in elevator control room in multi-residence building II-1074170-2020 (#19295) Elevating Devices 27 September 2021
Three occupants of home exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide II-1147502-2021 (#20824) Gas 27 September 2021
Propane explosion causes fire in recreational vehicle II-1157236-2021 (#21008) Gas 27 September 2021
Main distribution panelboard in single family dwelling catches fire II-2195416-2021 (#20823) Electrical 27 September 2021
Leak identified in lower furnace of Recovery Boiler II-1124951-2021 (#20341) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Two children injured in log lighter explosion II-1110571-2020 (#20084) Gas 27 September 2021
Flames shoot out of flange connection of a pressure vessel II-1110240-2020 (#19900) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Insulated carbon steel pipe leaks sour water II-1147558-2021 (#20825) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Fire in middle school classroom caused by faulty light fixture II-1144715-2021 (#20737) Electrical 27 September 2021
Piece of cardboard in furnace ducting catches fire II-1173055-2021 (#21513) Gas 27 September 2021
Ammonia release due to gasket seal failure II-1029477-2020 (#18496) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Copper gas riser failure causes explosion II-1043516-2020 (#18851) Gas 27 September 2021
Piping connection fails, releasing ammonia into cold storage room II-1021754-2020 (#18134) Boiler, PV and Refrigeration 27 September 2021
Eight people hospitalized with symptoms of CO poisoning after furnace heat exchanger failure II-968311-2020 (#16370) Gas 10 September 2021
High levels of carbon monoxide produced after heat exchanger failure and safety switch bypass II-997950-2020 (#16924) Gas 10 September 2021