August 27, 2009
by PLANT STAFF
CALGARY: Pipeline workers were more likely to get hurt on the job in 2007
than in years past says a new report released by the National Energy Board
The NEB’s annual Focus on Safety and Environment: A Comparative Analysis of Pipeline Performance 2000-2007 reports nearly two out of every 100 pipeline workers suffered a serious workplace injury in 2007. That’s almost
double the seven-year average and the highest worker injury rate since the
NEB began reporting on safety performance in 2000.
Possible causes of the increased frequency of injuries include increasing
pressure to meet deadlines, worker complacency and increased construction.
Several pipeline projects under construction in 2007, including the
145-kilometre long Emera Brunswick line and the Trans-Mountain Anchor Loop
that stretches for 151 kilometres through mountainous terrain.
The report also noted no fatalities on NEB-regulated facilities for the
tenth consecutive year, but there were two reported last year and early
reporting indicates that the injury rate for pipeline workers is rising.
Click here for a copy of the report.