WorkSafeBC issues $678,000 fine to BC Hydro for incident leading to injury north of Revelstoke

BC Hydro & Power Authority receives a hefty fine from WorkSafeBC for a health and safety violation

WorkSafeBC has announced an administrative penalty of $678,000 to BC Hydro & Power Authority in a media release for an incident that led to serious injury of a worker. The provincial workplace safety agency issued the fine due to an incident at a worksite on Wallis Road and Highway 23 North in Revelstoke, B.C., towards Mica Dam.

WorkSafeBC says the penalty of $678,889.56 was imposed on May 10 after a worker from BC Hydro sustained a serious injury as a result of an electrical shock.

“A crew of this employer’s workers was replacing spacers and insulators on an electrical transmission tower. As one of the workers was removing a ground lead cable from a conductor, the worker sustained an electrical shock and was seriously injured,” says WorkSafeBC in a media release. “WorkSafeBC determined the conductor had not been completely isolated before work began.” 

The release says that the employer, BC Hydro is at fault for two high-risk violations. 

“The employer failed to ensure that acceptable written safe work procedures were followed where isolating high-voltage electrical equipment was not practicable. The employer also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety.”

Administrative penalties are fines employers receive when they violate the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, orders of WorkSafeBC, and in instances where they’ve failed to prevent workplace injuries or illnesses.

The purpose of administrative penalties is for the employer receiving the fine and other employers to keep their workplaces safe. Penalties are published on the WorkSafeBC website.

Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.