Discipline Notice: Edward Yip
In a March 23, 2023, Consent Order, Edward Yip admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct by preparing an inadequate geotechnical inspection report in which he failed to note the presence of structures along the anticipated trench area and to identify the steps to safely excavate a trench in Burnaby, BC. Mr. Yip’s registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC is cancelled.
On March 23, 2023, Mr. Yip agreed to a Consent Order cancelling his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
In October 2012, Mr. Yip was retained to provide a geotechnical inspection report providing instructions for the excavation of a trench in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation of WorkSafeBC. Mr. Yip prepared the report despite failing to physically attend and make observations of the whole of the area in which the trench could reasonably be expected to have been excavated over the 14 days for which the report’s certification applied (the Anticipated Trench Area).
In the Consent Order, Mr. Yip admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct related to the preparation of the report and acted contrary to the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Code of Ethics.
Mr. Yip agreed that, among other things, he failed to adequately:
- Note the presence of structures along the anticipated trench area;
- State the required distance between the excavation edge and any structures along the anticipated trench area;
- State the steps that should have been taken to safely excavate if the required distance between the trench excavation edge and a structure was not possible.
In addition to his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC being cancelled. Mr. Yip agreed to not re-apply for registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC at any time in the future. Mr. Yip agreed to pay a fine of $10,000 and $5,000 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
The full text of the Consent Order can be found in the Discipline Notices section of our website.
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