Pipeline Safety: First, Last and Always


In an October 2013 article, CBC News reported that by 2011, safety-related pipeline incidents, ranging from fires to spills, increased from 45 total incidents in 2000 to 142 in 2011. Of equal importance to the number of incidents being reported is the headlines they are making. For example, in April 2014, a Canadian crude oil and natural gas company spilled 70,000 litres of oil and water near Slave Lake, Alberta. Two years earlier, another oil company dumped 461,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River — which came on the heels of a spill of 4.5 million litres by the same company near Little Buffalo in 2011. And then there was the spill by a Canadian-owned pipeline that dumped more than 3 million litres of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010.
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Impact of Changing Energy Asset Landscape on HSE Technology & Information Strategy of Energy Companies – 2015 to 2020


The oil and gas industry is undergoing a transformation right now—both in terms of technology and workforce. This throws up a new set of challenges for these companies and their stakeholders, especially when it comes to safety. Oil and gas companies must ask themselves today: what do all these changes mean for the safety of their processes and workforce?
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Drilling Down Six Top Safety Strategies for Oil and Gas Companies


138. That’s a new high, according to OSHA, of fatal injuries to oil and gas extraction workers in 2012, a 23 percent increase from 2011. More than 800 workers lost their lives on the job in the seven year stretch from 2003 to 2010. In a world where oil and gas companies produce millions of barrels per day, protecting these workers is a challenging task. Production can drop from millions of barrels a day to zero when a refinery shuts down due to an accident. Companies that develop and implement practices designed to promote a stronger safety culture, not only better serve their workers, but they also protect their bottom lines.
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Call 911 | Oil and Gas Offshore Safety


It wasn’t very long ago when a drilling accident took place in the Gulf of Mexico. The unfortunate incident, which could have been prevented with the enforcement of some stringent safety rules, not only injured several workers, but also took 11 lives. Creating a healthy and safe work environment in the oil and gas industry is crucial and in the wake of the above mentioned accident. Most companies have been taking a long hard look at their safety regulations and implementing necessary measures to ensure the safety of their employees.
 
It is always better to be prepared beforehand than wait for accidents to occur and then act. Being proactive in this matter is only going to help your cause. It is important to gain as much knowledge as possible about what working in the oil and gas industry entails, how to detect danger before it materializes, and precautions to take to minimize risks to all those around the site. The UK has already adopted a hands-on approach to this issue and has announced safety measures for the offshore oil and gas industry of its country. Even Canada is not far behind. Just last year they released new rules for their oil and gas industry.

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