Author Archives: Energy Safety Canada

Fatigue is the new ‘F’ word

The oil and gas industry is wide awake to the issue of workers being dog-tired

A number of studies show that being awake for 17 hours is actually the same as having a blood alcohol level of about .05—enough to stop drivers in their tracks. If you usually sleep eight hours a day, this is the same as staying up an hour later. Being awake for 21 hours straight is the same as .08, and workers who go 24 hours without sleep perform about as well as someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.1. Continue reading

Oil and Gas Production Operators

A Cooperative Approach to Training

A Key Role

Oil and gas production operators play a key role in the industry. Required to be equally comfortable analyzing problems or working with a wrench, operators need the ability to combine in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills.

Such demands pose significant challenges for the training of operators. The safety-critical training must be to the highest standards, and include up-to-date technology and realistic experiences.  Continue reading

What to know before you tow

10 tips for getting out from under when you’re stuck

You may know the feeling. You’re driving along a road just fine. Then you slip, slide and come to a halt. Your vehicle is officially stuck. Natural inclination is to get out and get unstuck—quickly.

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Remember Jordan

A young man’s story propels awareness of vehicle recovery safety

Jordan’s story is unforgettable. And that’s the point.

Jordan Roppel was 18 years old and less than two months on the job at a perforating manufacturing plant in Standard, Alta., when the Toyota forklift he was operating got stuck in soft mud.

What happened next is something that’s common in the oil and gas industry: workers decided to tow out the lift. Continue reading

The Ripple Effect

It’s been 26 years since an explosion nearly killed her father, but Kayla Rath still panics at the sound of a siren.

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