Winter Weather Precautions

Applied Pipeline InspectionWinter weather is here and can create a variety of conditions including snow, ice, rain, and freezing temperatures. Each one of these weather conditions is associated with different hazards, but with a little bit of preparation and awareness, you can be safe in all kinds of weather. Below are things to keep in mind so you can be ready when winter weather hits.

Driving: It’s important to maintain a safe speed in bad weather. Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clear. This can be accomplished while performing your 360 walk around. Always buckle your seat belt and make sure your passengers do too. Ensure someone knows your route and try to limit your travel to the day time. Avoid side roads.

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Walk carefully and always keep your eyes on your path. Avoid walking on wet or slippery surfaces whenever possible. Report slip and fall hazards when you encounter them. Wear appropriate footwear that will provide good traction. Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Wear eye protection to ensure that wind, rain, and snow don’t affect your ability to see clearly.

Hypothermia can become a deadly health condition. It occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. When your body temperature drops to 95°F or below (normal temperature is 98.6) your heart, nervous system, and other major organs cannot work properly. This can lead to heart failure, respiratory failure, and death. Symptoms include clumsiness, lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, drowsiness, or a combination of these. Hypothermia requires immediate medical attention.

Hypothermia/ Frostbite Prevention can be avoided if you dress for weather. Layer your clothing. The inner layer should wick away moisture, the middle layer should absorb perspiration and retain warmth, and the outer layer should protect against wind and allow for some ventilation. Be sure to keep your feet and hands warm and dry. Bring a change of clothes to work so you can change into dry pants, gloves, or socks in case the things you are wearing get wet. Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Take a break to get warm when you need to. Work with a partner and keep an eye on each other.

Wind chill is the measure of how cold the air feels when taking into account the temperature as well as the wind, since it can make the apparent temperature considerably colder. Lower temperatures combined with higher wind speeds will make you more vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite. Be sure to take this into account when making the determination of the possible outdoor temperatures and work durations.

Preventative Measures include: drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol. It is easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. If possible, heavy work should be scheduled during the warmer parts of the day. Take breaks out of the cold setup a work/warm-up schedule. Try to work in pairs to keep an eye on each other and watch for signs of cold stress. Avoid fatigue since energy is needed to keep muscles warm. Take frequent breaks and consume warm, high calorie food such as pasta to maintain energy reserves. Clear common pathways of snow and ice and put a layer of sand or salt. Conduct regular inspections on your cold weather supplies to ensure you have plenty in stock.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather. Have a plan. You can protect your family, your home, and your car by planning ahead. Before the start of the winter season, create a home disaster supply kit that includes a weather radio in case you become isolated in your home due to weather conditions. Be sure your cell phone is charged or setup other means of communication. You should also keep a winter emergency kit in each of your vehicles. Make sure you have good winter tires with enough tread. Try to keep the gas tank at least half full in case heavy snow causes severe traffic delays or you need to drive to an emergency shelter. Conduct regular maintenance on your vehicle.

Our Operations Team was on the move beginning in October through the middle of December they traveled across the country and celebrated Christmas with our inspectors. Here are some pictures from the dinner events and we look forward to a great 2020!

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December Near Misses

A welder was grinding without eye or face protection. He was using a pancake style hood, which needs to stay down while performing any work. Work was stopped.

He was informed that if he cannot see out of it to operate a grinder, he will need to don a face shield with safety glasses.

Crew member climbed on skid without harness. Stopped work and gathered crew.

Explained how we must take all measures to be safe and everyone goes home without incident.

Contractor crew was attempting to lift structural steel members with rigging slings draped over the forks of the forklift. Work was stopped.

The rigging requirements and the operating instructions of the forklift were reviewed with the crew. The end result was the crew installed and utilized the correct lifting attachment to complete the lifts.

A labor got between the load and the equipment. I shut them down and made him move.

We stopped and addressed the problem. The next morning it was the main topic for the tail gate safety meeting.

Just minor slips on icy conditions and driving in icy conditions. Contractor crew was noticed sliding around.

Meeting with crews suggest if roads were too bad to travel work maybe stopped until weather clears. Slipping on ice. Parking where lot has been cleared and make sure good traction on footwear

Light Plants contractor was advised to have light plants up and ready for use 30 mins prior to sundown.

Make sure they have back up light plants in case one goes down. NO Work without proper lighting.

Safety Stand Down:

Contractor was pressuring up piping system for a scheduled hydro test. Test pressure would be set at 3300 psi. Pressure at time of near miss was 1150 psi. While making one last round I noticed a contractor and supervisor on their knees beside one of the 12” flanges. They were in the process of torqueing flange bolts. Upon investigation found that they were not aware that the test had started and In fact thought the current test was on another system. We had scheduled (4) tests for that day.

Shut down all activities and held a crew stand down. Re-read JSA and again identified all systems to be tested and in what order. Also re-visited safety protocols required prior to and during testing.

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. 

API1169 Test Dates:

April 10 - 24, 2020
Registration Deadline: February 7th, 2020

August 14 - 28, 2020
Registration Deadline: July 12th, 2020

December 4 - 18, 2020
Registration Deadline: October 2nd, 2020

December Winners


Bronze Jesse Logan
Bronze Robert Davis
Bronze Vincent Parker
Silver Jacob Smith
Gold Jim Moyer
Platinum Steven Marcus Payne

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