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Safety in Mountain Field Investigations

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Stephanie Benay

WorleyParsons, Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2014-33707, pp. V004T02A006; 6 pages
  • 2014 10th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 4: Production Pipelines and Flowlines; Project Management; Facilities Integrity Management; Operations and Maintenance; Pipelining in Northern and Offshore Environments; Strain-Based Design; Standards and Regulations
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 29–October 3, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4613-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Every working environment that includes challenging remote wilderness locations, extreme temperatures, potentially threatening wildlife, and multiple contractors with varying degrees of safety systems and culture, requires a systematic, comprehensive safety approach. Lack of preplanning, misunderstanding risk management and poor communication are all sources of risk to safety on the project. Developing, implementing and communicating the HSE system in a mountain field program are essential to keeping people safe and alive. This paper will provide some insight into areas that provided significant challenges, as well as some possible solutions.

In today’s industrial world, safe execution is an essential project driver. Safe execution is paramount to a project’s success, along with budget and time. Best-in-class companies have realized that to be successful, safety must be an integral part of their DNA and not an afterthought.

Zero harm to people, assets and the environment is a core value at WorleyParsons. Our OneWay™ framework, which applies to every person regardless of location or role, consists of simple expectations that align our entire business on a path toward zero harm. OneWay™ is supported by a comprehensive set of processes, systems, policies and standards that describe in detail what needs to be done.

A systematic integrated safety framework to the field would manage risk in a highly challenging environment and would contribute to an overall safe and productive mountain field investigation program. In this context, to achieve the goal of zero harm, a systematic, thorough approach is taken, that includes developing and implementing the following:

• Project-specific field safety plan with the input from all participating disciplines

• Quantifiable leading and lagging indicators

• HSE performance targets

• Comprehensive, relevant risk register

• Effective contractor maturity analysis and mitigation plan

• Safe behaviour observation program

• Field level risk assessment program

• Mentoring and coaching program.

This paper will highlight some major safety risks to the projects, and provide potential solutions during mountain field investigation programs.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Safety



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