Striving Toward a Higher Safety Standard

Due to the growing influx of heavy equipment, terrain issues, suspended loads, and many times inexperienced workers, pipeline construction workers have had an increase in injuries. To help prevent accidents and keep everyone on the worksite safe, let’s all follow these six pipeline construction safety tips:

  1. Applied Culture of Safety
    Above all, safety trickles down from the top. Applied Leaders are committed to a culture of safety and set it as our top priority. Everyone from the newest recruit through the CEO needs to have a target zero mindset. Our leaders need to constantly communicate the importance and need for safety and make sure safety measures are always being implemented.

  2. Ongoing Safety Training
    Ongoing pipeline construction safety training needs to be a regular part of our company’s safety culture. By holding ongoing training, safe habits can be reinforced, and new safety techniques and procedures can be learned.

  3. Personal Protective Equipment
    Pipeline inspectors should always be wearing their personal protective equipment, such as steel-toed boots, eye protection, high visibility vest, gloves, hard hats, or whatever else is needed to keep our workers safe from harm.

  4. Safe Excavation Procedures
    Pipeline inspectors and workers need to communicate safe excavation procedures during their JSA’s each day. Make sure they call to verify all underground utilities are marked prior to digging.

  5. Heavy Equipment Safety
    Operators who work with heavy equipment need to be properly trained. They should be familiar with the operation and maintenance for each piece of equipment they work on. Before getting on a machine, they should be filling out the daily checklist log and should always remain in the equipment.

  6. Constant Awareness
    Many times, injuries happen because people just aren’t paying attention. Avoid slips, falls, and other accidents by always being aware of your surroundings. If you see debris laying in a walking path, clear it out of the way to help others from being injured, too.

When our inspectors and other workers feel safe, they are more productive, and the overall output is of a higher quality. Let’s go beyond normal safety standards and keep these higher standards enforced. By following the above tips, you can help make our pipeline construction sites safe and lower (if not remove altogether) incidents, injuries and accidents.


Near Misses in September

A poly crew was using a forklift for poly tie ins, holding pipe etc. The lifting device they were using didn’t have any of the safety chains connected nor did they have any of the shackles to connect the safety chains.
We stopped what they were doing and had a short meeting.  We then sent them to get the parts and supplies they needed to make the device safe to use.
    
As the tie in crew was making the area ready to lower in and perform tie in welds under and around foreign line, it was noted that the contractor’s four gas monitor was out of date for calibration.
The crew was stopped until the contractor's safety rep arrived on site and produced documentation that the monitor was in fact in compliance.

An individual was cutting material, when his knife slipped and cut his shirt sleeve.
Work was stopped and we discussed complacency and the fact that he was cutting toward himself. The company decided to enforce that all razor blade knives be required to have self-retracting blades.

The use of spotters at a congested work area was not utilized. We reviewed the JSA with the crew and explained the importance of a spotter especially in congested and limited space work areas.
We stopped work and told the employees to be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Don’t ever think that an operator or spotter knows what your next move is.  Take the time to make yourself visible to them before walking around equipment.

An individual was on the phone while in a congested area.
Being distracted in a congested work area is very dangerous.

Employees did not have proper PPE on when needed.
We held a safety meeting to inform everyone about the dangers of not having the proper PPE on.

We had a line strike, although just water lines or abandoned lines.  We met with all contractors before excavation to ensure the lines have been located and areas of concern were pot-holed.
The crew shut down to hold a safety training/meeting for locating lines before arriving at ROW location.


We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with Boot Barn to offer all Applied Consultants inspectors a 15% discount on all purchases “work related” from the Boot Barn, Nation Wide. Be sure to tell them you work for Applied Consultants and use the key word: “Safety First” to receive the discount.


September Winners

Bronze - Julian Cloud
Bronze - Clay Jordan
Bronze - Jason Horton
Silver - Colby Glass
Gold - David Holbrook
Platinum - Kirk Miller

 

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