NEB: Injury rate on the rise for Canadian pipeline workers

More Canadian pipeline workers got hurt on the job during 2007 than in any other year since 2000, when officials started reporting safety performance indicators, Canada’s National Energy Board reported Aug. 11.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 11
-- More Canadian pipeline workers got hurt on the job during 2007 than in any other year since 2000, when officials started reporting safety performance indicators, Canada’s National Energy Board reported Aug. 11.

NEB’s annual report, “Focus on Safety and Environment: A Comparative Analysis of Pipeline Performance 2000-07,” said nearly 2 out of every 100 pipeline workers suffered a serious workplace injury in 2007. That was nearly double the 7-year average.

The report said possible causes for increased injuries include employee experience levels, increasing pressure to meet deadlines, worker complacency, and increased pipeline construction activity.

NEB said it is working to help improve pipeline worker safety, including hosting safety forums where companies can share best practices with one another.

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