Because of all the hefty equipment, suspended loads, difficult terrain and irregular jobsite conditions, pipeline work has a significant risk of injury. Your accident prevention plan for this type of work should include the following items:
Job safety analysis
Perform an analysis before starting each shift. Everyone should collectively identify and detail the task list for that day. Always record all potential hazards and actions needed to eradicate or at least diminish the risk of injury.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
PPE includes any clothing or apparatus that has the purpose of protecting an individual against injury or illness. The following should always be worn at pipeline work sites:
- Safety boots.
- Eye protection such as safety goggles.
- Hearing protection such as plugs.
Always follow safe procedures when excavating. Call your local One-Call center before you start digging to confirm that all underground utilities are marked and located. Keep all hazards in mind and verify that the certified person has inspected the trenches for proper sloping, benching and protective systems. Use a pre-excavation checklist to prevent damage to the pipeline.
Eye and back safety
Injuries to the eyes and back are preventable by using proper protective equipment and safe jobsite practices. Know the kinds of hazards that are possible to encounter so you can select the right protection. Never touch your eyes without first washing your hands.
Make sure that you understand and follow safe practices when handling materials at a pipeline jobsite. Whenever you're dealing with pipes, ensure the safety of everyone by handling heavy loads properly. Never load equipment beyond the manufacturer's capacity specifications.
Pressure testing procedures
Follow the safety procedure by inspecting all equipment and materials to confirm that they're all in good condition and rated to withstand test pressures. Be sure that no unauthorized workers are in the testing area.
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