Elgin Construction Fined for Kitchener Pipeline Damage

    KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Elgin Construction, a privately owned
St. Thomas-based company, recently pled guilty to a serious public safety
violation, contrary to Ontario Regulation 210/01 (Oil and Gas Pipeline
Systems) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act). With
the maximum penalty of $1,000,000 for non-compliant corporations, the Ontario
Court of Justice in Kitchener fined the defendant $20,000, plus the 25% Victim
Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
    In June 2006, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
investigated damage done to a natural gas pipeline at a road reconstruction
site on King Street East in downtown Kitchener. Responding to a call from
Kitchener Utilities, it was determined that Elgin Construction had damaged a
three-quarter inch service tee on a six-inch main gas pipeline with a swing
shovel, causing the release of natural gas at a rate of 40 pounds per square
inch. Elgin Construction was subsequently charged with interfering with or
damaging a pipeline without the authority to do so.
    Although the construction company had ascertained the location of the
pipeline (from Kitchener Utilities) and its location was clearly marked, Elgin
Construction did not hand dig within three feet of those markings as required
by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority Guidelines for Excavations.
    Bringing charges against companies or individuals for failing to follow
proper safety procedures is part of TSSA's safety mandate, and strongly
reinforces its prosecution objectives to deter violators and increase public
    "Prosecution for non-compliance is an important enforcement tool," says
John Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program. "However working with
stakeholders toward compliance and cooperation, often in proactive
partnership, is the cornerstone of fuels safety."
    Leading efforts to develop best practices, TSSA works with partners like
the Ontario Regional Chapter of the Common Ground Alliance to implement a
certificate for utility locators, support underground infrastructure
information and prevent future pipeline incidents.

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, ski lifts, boilers and pressure vessels, operating
engineers, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is
to be the world leader in public safety services.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Lisle, Director, Public Relations and
Communications, TSSA, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772, Email: media@tssa.org; For
more information about the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please
visit our web site at www.tssa.org

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