Workplace Safety Moving Through the Pipeline
Since 1992, there have been 381 fatalities in the U.S. Pipeline industry according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration(PHMSA). In Canada, from 2006 to 2010, there were 214 claims made solely in regards to pipeline construction or repairs according to WorkSafeBC.com. With these statistics in mind, it is undeniable that there are many dangers surrounding the pipeline industry.
Governments and oil and gas organizations around the globe strive to standardize and continue to improve pipeline safety. Many health and safety organizations are welcoming scrutiny as this offers valid points for improvement.
On June 24th, The Association of Oil Pipe Lines and American Petroleum Institute Pipeline Subcommittees held a joint summer leadership meeting, which resulted in the following eight principles for safety:
Eight Safety Principles:
1. Zero incidents
2. Organization-wide commitments
3. A Culture of safety
4. Continuous improvement
5. Learning from experience
6. Systems to measure success
7. Technology employment
8. Full communication with the public and other stakeholders
Another safety principle highlighted includes seeking third party assistance.…