Powerline Plus Fined for Pipeline Strike

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - Powerline Plus Limited, a Scarborough-based
contractor, 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
Toronto fined the defendant $25,000, plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the
circumstances of the case.
    In May 2005, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
investigated a natural gas pipeline strike at an excavation scene near 204
St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto, Ontario. Responding to a call regarding
pipeline damage, it was determined that Powerline Plus Ltd. had severed a one
and a quarter inch gas service line with a backhoe, failing to follow proper
hand tool procedures within one metre of a located line. Powerline Plus was
subsequently charged with interfering with or damaging a pipeline without the
authority to do so.
    Bringing charges against companies or individuals for failing to follow
proper procedures is part of TSSA's safety mandate, and strongly reinforces
its prosecution objectives to deter violators and increase public safety.
    "Prosecution for non-compliance is an important enforcement tool," says
Mike Scarland, Manager of Operations for 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.

    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 natural gas, petroleum, propane
fuels and equipment, operating engineers, elevating devices, amusement
devices, boilers and pressure vessels, and upholstered and stuffed articles.
The organization's wide range of regulated and discretionary consultancy
safety services include public education and consumer information, training
and certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review,
inspection, investigations, safety management consultation, and enforcement
and prosecution activities. 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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