Excavator damages natural gas line

B.C. contractor fined more than $80,000

Pedre Contractors of Langley, B.C. has been fined $80,445 by WorkSafeBC.


WorkSafeBC inspected this firm's work site in response to a close call incident.


While the firm was excavating a trench, the excavator bucket contacted and damaged a residential natural gas line.


The firm failed to ensure that, before excavating with mechanical equipment, it had accurately determined the location of all underground utilities.


This was a repeated and high-risk violation. 


Source: WorkSafeBC