Monthly Archives: February 2015

Safety matters (part 4): when small mistakes have huge consequences

This is part four in our Safety matters series, where we’ll be discussing a number of key safety issues in Canada’s oil and gas industry.

What causes major incidents such as oil spills or explosions? According to Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor of sociology at Australian National University in Canberra, many major incidents happen not because of big mistakes, but because warning signs were dismissed. Continue reading

Safety matters (part 3): why denial can be deadly

That’ll never happen here. Sound familiar? We’ve all thought it and we’ve all seen it – the blind belief that nothing bad will happen. This common state is sometimes called a culture of denial.

To learn more about this phenomenon and how it applies to workplace safety, we spoke with Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor of sociology at Australian National University in Canberra, and an independent oil and energy professional.

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Safety matters (part 2): making sure their first day isn’t their last

Every time a new worker steps foot on your turf, there’s a lot to consider. Things like training, orientation, defining responsibilities and more. What you shouldn’t have to worry about is whether they’ll make it home at the end of their shift.

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Enform in B.C. – a visit to the Fort St. John office

In 2006 Enform opened its first office outside Alberta, in Fort St. John, B.C. Since that time, the office has been providing vital services to B.C., and even servicing clients as far away as Grande Prairie, in northwestern Alberta. To find out more about the office, we spoke with Rick Newlove, manager, B.C. operations.

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