Vernon and North Okanagan
Safety authority finds risk at Riske Crk.
Oct 24, 2013 / 3:28 pm
When word reached the president of Riske Creek Manufacturing, alerting him that the British Columbia Safety Authority was issuing a province-wide recall of any mobile homes built by his company, Andy Tower was obviously upset. But a provincial gas safety manager with the BCSA says it’s a pretty clear-cut case of non-compliance.
“Compliance messages are hard to swallow,” says Wayne Lock with the BCSA.
“Much like if you get a speeding ticket, you were over the speed limit and you may not be happy with the police officer, but you weren’t driving safely and now you’re feeling the penalty.”
The recall document was sent out to the media on Wednesday, stating the BCSA had identified numerous instances of mobile homes being sold by Riske Creek and Andy Tower that do not comply with gas or electrical certification standards and may be hazardous for occupants. It went on to say that Tower and his company are prohibited from using the CSA label, which is required to demonstrate compliance with safety codes.
When speaking with Castanet about the letter on Wednesday afternoon, Tower acknowledged that the situation between his company and the BCSA had been ongoing for a number of years, but that he felt his products fell into a grey area that had not been thoroughly examined by the safety organization.
This argument is not valid in Lock’s eyes, who says there is no grey area at all.
“If it’s grey to him, he should let us know that and we can go through that again and explain the difference of where the building code comes in and the CSA standards we look for,” explains Lock.
“There’s definitely a definition for manufactured homes or park models and so on, so if it has wheels and a chassis, it’s a park model.”
There is also a discrepancy on how many unsafe buildings there are, as Lock accuses Tower of not being forthcoming with a list of units and information.
“We tried to get a complete list, we don’t feel like we’ve received a complete list from Riske Creek, so the news release is to get more information from building owners,” says Lock.
“What we need to know is if these particular buildings that we’re concerned about meet the standards. The whole idea of the news release was to get an idea of which ones were out there we don’t know of, so we can go take a look and make a fair assessment.”
The BCSA is asking anyone with information on the existence of any trailer manufactured or sold by Riske Creek or Andy Tower to email them at [email protected] or call 1-866-566-7233.
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