10 tips for using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)

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

Deadly distractions

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

Home and away

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

Oil and gas industry determined to buck a safety trend

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

Zero is within energy industry’s grasp

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

A health and safety executive recounts her son’s injury in oil and gas

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

How to influence safe behaviour through Brain Based Safety

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

Black Hawk combat veteran to speak about leadership

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.

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The fortunate side of Mitch Arsenault’s heart attack

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