With an oil strike in Turner Valley, Alberta launched Canada’s energy industry in the early 1900s. Resources were abundant, but experience was in short supply. Workers were expected to learn on the job—and avoid the dangers of a drilling rig’s many moving and often oil-slicked parts: pulleys, wheels, cogs, belts, gears, chains, ropes, planks, tools and equipment. Continue reading
Avoiding road rage and hyper-aggressive driving
Once fall hits, the summer vibes end abruptly with the grind of back-to-school routines, longer commutes and endless traffic. We need to get where we’re going fast and the person ahead is going way… too… slow. When tempers flare behind the wheel our reactions can range from honking horns, muttering expletives, to full-blown road rage.
25 tips for heading out on the highway
The road trip is a time-honoured family tradition. Whether you’re going 400 or 4,000 kilometres, to the cabin or from coast to coast, it pays to get prepped for a flawless family road trip.
Enjoy this last long weekend of the summer with 25 tips to keep your trek safe. Continue reading
How to keep it safe when riding an ATV for work or weekend fun
Blazing the trails on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can easily give you that outdoor thrill you desire. Make no mistake—ATVs are big and powerful, with some serious muscle reaching speeds of 105 km/hour and weighing up to 800 pounds. Continue reading
Momentary lapses of attention while driving can be fatal
Texting a message, reaching for a cup of coffee or changing the radio station.
All innocent enough––unless you’re doing them while driving.
These actions can become deadly distractions on the road. Continue reading
Weathering the rough waters of working away from your family
A dad in Sherwood Park leaves home for 21 days at a time to work as a welder in Fort McMurray. A Calgary mom works as a field engineer on a rig off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Even with lower energy prices, the demands of many jobs and careers in Canada’s oil and gas industry can take mothers and fathers away from their homes and children for days and weeks at a time. Continue reading
Claim rates usually rise as activity increases
The downside of an uptick in oil and gas activity is this: injury rates in young, new employees go up. A lot.
After the 2008/2009 recession, Enform analyzed data from the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board and Statistics Canada. It found that by 2012, the industry’s workforce had increased by 25 per cent (based on person-years). But the injury claim rate had increased by 29 per cent. And the claim rate among workers 15 to 24 years old had soared by 94 per cent. Continue reading
Average claim rates drop 60% or more in 15 years
Zero. Nothing. Nada. Nil.
By definition, zero is the only whole number that is neither positive nor negative. That changes dramatically when you’re talking about safety.
Zero is the ultimate positive goal in Canada’s oil and gas industry. No injuries. No lost lives. No lost production. No loss of equipment. Continue reading
Nine years later, Jeffrey Johnson’s passing is still felt by his parents
Jeffrey Johnson was fresh out of high school in Newfoundland and Labrador when he left his hometown, Trouty (population 60) on the Bonavista Peninsula, in 2007. Like many others in the province, he went west to work in Alberta’s then-booming energy industry. Continue reading
First safety was professional. Then it was personal
In the 1980s, safety was professional for Maureen Shaw. And then in the 1990s, it became deeply personal.
Shaw had worked for years in occupational health and safety, including in the oil and gas industry.
But she never imagined those risks would strike so close to home. Continue reading