WINDSOR, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Professional Bobcat and Excavating, an
excavation, construction and repair company from Tecumseh, Ontario,
pled guilty to failing to comply with Ontario Regulation 210/01 (Oil
and Gas Pipeline Systems) by not obtaining a locate before excavating,
contrary to provincial requirements under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act).
The Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor fined the defendant $5,000, plus
the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
Following an investigation conducted by the Technical Standards and
Safety Authority (TSSA), an inspector for TSSA's Fuels Safety Program
determined that, in May 2008, Professional Bobcat and Excavating owner,
Anthony Campeau, damaged a 1¼ inch natural gas pipeline - near 425
North Rear Road, Lakeshore, Ontario - with a backhoe while installing
eaves trough drainage, causing the release of natural gas at a rate of
about 55-60 pounds per square inch.
TSSA's inspector determined that Professional Bobcat and Excavating
broke ground with mechanical equipment without first ascertaining from
a licence holder the location of a pipeline, and failed to comply with
Ontario Regulation 210/01. On December 16, 2010, Professional Bobcat
and Excavating pled guilty and was subsequently fined $5,000.
While there were no injuries as a result of this violation, the actions
of Professional Bobcat and Excavating had the potential to jeopardize
public safety. Failing to comply with any regulation undermines TSSA's
authority to protect public safety in the fuels sector.
"Prosecution for non-compliance with Ontario's safety laws is an
important part of TSSA's safety mandate," says John Marshall, TSSA's
Director of Fuels Safety Program, "and it strongly reinforces our
overall objective: to deter violators and increase public safety. While
prosecution at times may be required, TSSA chiefly works with industry
stakeholders through cooperation and compliance. It is one of the
cornerstones of fuels safety."
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is an innovative,
not-for-profit, organization dedicated to enhancing public safety.
Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices,
boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating
engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range
of safety services include public education and consumer information,
certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review,
inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and
enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization's vision is to
be the world leader in public safety services.
SOURCE TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND SAFETY AUTHORITY
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