Health, Safety, Security & Environmental (HSSE)
Management Consulting Services for the Pipeline
Construction Industry
Construction Methology

Peter Kinsey
Pipeline Construction
Hazard Recognition & Risk Management

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Construction Methology

Onshore mainline pipeline construction is an industry that requires specialized solutions for the effective implementation of a HSSE Management System (HSSEMS).

If a Risk Management Plan is to be effective, it is essential that it be simple, streamlined, and reinforced with pipeline & right of way-specific solutions that incorporate historic lessons learned and address the unique nature of the work:

  • The work is undertaken at a fast pace, at isolated worksites difficult to monitor and control.
  • Ongoing training is difficult to coordinate at distant and constantly changing worksites.
  • Supervision is often only intermittent at 25 - 60 worksites spread over hundreds of miles of the right of way corridor - access to one work location can involve many hours driving.
  • The workforce and supervisors may speak different languages and be from different ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds, largely uneducated & illiterate.
  • Most of the workers are often new to, and unfamiliar with the equipment and work processes and require ongoing specialized training. As the ROW enters new areas under changing union or political influence, the previously trained and now competent workforce will have to be let go and a new group hired to replace them which will requiring re-training.
  • At all the remote and separate work sites, these  workers will be exposed to a constantly changing menu of life threatening hazards as the work progresses, seven days a week, frequently well into the hours of darkness.
  • Working very long hours is a universal practice within the industry. The risks from these hazards are increased as time progresses by a compounding fatigue factor.
  • As the work progresses along the pipeline corridor, the worksite surface is under constant change. This factor prohibits the use of cut and paste, generic Method Statements and Risk Assessments. Improvising in reaction to changing conditions is an integral part of the work process. Each morning new assessments must be made.
  • Changing worksite ground conditions: bedrock, shot rock, boulders, sand, swamp, permafrost, extreme slopes, side-slope...all present differing and unique hazards during the operation of heavy equipment, the use of side booms for lifting operations, and the handling of materiel.
  • Exposure to the changing weather and extremes of temperature, further compounds these hazards: dust, desert sand, mud, wet clay, snow, ice and frost in the ground.
  • All pipeline projects attract a percentage of itinerant, supervisors and operators who are accustomed to being well paid for their knowledge and skills, who have their own distinct culture, are uniquely independent, and fiercely reluctant to change long established work habits.
  • On a pipeline right of way it is essential that H & S management be interwoven into and inseparable from the construction methodology.

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