Seven 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
Brain Based Safety comes to Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC)
Safety is complicated and yet for years, safety professionals have looked for magic formulas to reduce workplace injuries, deaths and damages.
Juni Daalmans, the founder and owner of Brain Based Safety in the Netherlands, says effective safety formulas are based on attitudes and behaviours: how we think affects how we act. Continue reading
Leadership has long been recognized as a key part of safety culture.
And Keni Thomas knows all about leadership.
When the combat veteran speaks at Enform’s Petroleum Safety Conference May 2-4, 2017 in Banff, his audience will hear compelling stories of how taking charge helped save his and other lives in war.
One morning last summer, the night crew on Precision Drilling rig 521 had just finished its shift without incident.
“It was an evening the same as any other,” says Precision rig manager Tim Ismond. “The crew had changed shifts and the safety meetings were conducted. We were going to put our top drive together on the floor of the rig.” Continue reading
Ice makes work in the oil and gas industry bone-chilling for two reasons: one—it’s cold and, two, it’s a slippery and unpredictable hazard.
“The biggest challenge with ice,” says Dave Hanik, a Drumheller, Alberta-based lead mechanic for the Clearwater Business Unit at Encana, “is that you often can’t see it, so you face the unexpected. You may be walking and all of a sudden you start sliding sideways. You might miss an access road in your vehicle and then find yourself sliding on black ice. A pipeline might be frozen, but you don’t know exactly where.”
Facing the black swan of your operations
If you don’t know your company’s black swan, it’s time to face it, says Greg Solecki, an associate director of emergency planning at Sandhurst Consulting in Calgary. The company specializes in training leaders in crisis planning and responses.
A term coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a professor of risk engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, a black swan is defined as: “First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme impact. Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.”
Winter, all-weather and all-season tires perform in different ways
The first time you drive on freshly fallen, calf-high snow with winter tires is pretty satisfying. While the car next to you is slip-sliding, your tires grasp the road with a vice-like grip.
It’s like your treads have teeth and they’re chomp, chomp, chomping through snow and slush to gain traction. Suddenly, you are much more connected to the road and a whole lot safer.
Knowing marijuana’s risk
It’s not just a joint . . .
Canadians’ increasingly casual attitude to marijuana has prompted the federal government to promise it will make the substance legal on April 4, national marijuana day, lifting a 97-year-old prohibition on weed.
With its growing acceptance, lots of people might think marijuana is harmless.
But a growing number of experts don’t. One of them is Diana Dow-Edwards, the distinguished visiting research chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness with the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation, who’s studied marijuana for more than two decades.
This August, Health Canada introduced regulations to make cannabis more accessible for medical purposes. This spring, the federal government plans to make the recreational use of marijuana legal. Continue reading