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British Columbia Rapid Transit fined $600K due to incident at SkyTrain station

Arc flash injured electrician
Vancouver's SkyTrain operator has been fined $600K after an electrician was injured by an arc flash. REUTERS/Andy Clark

WorkSafeBC has fined issued a fine of $607,497 against British Columbia Rapid Transit Company due to an incident at a SkyTrain station.

Two electricians were working on an energized electrical panel when an electrical arc flash occurred, injuring one of the workers. WorkSafeBC's investigation determined that the panel had not been completely locked out before work began. The Vancouver-based employer failed to ensure energy sources were isolated and effectively controlled, and that energy isolation devices were secured using appropriate locks. These were high-risk violations. The employer also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. The fined was imposed on Dec. 19, 2017.

Source: WorkSafeBC

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