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09.21.16 / Safety

Work site safety is a shared responsibility

FortisBC shares a common goal with Worley Parsons, the engineering, procurement and construction management firm we’ve retained for the Surrey to Coquitlam Natural Gas Pipeline Project: a commitment to ensure that everyone is working, every day, in a manner that prevents injuries and incidents.

Target Zero

These principles are reflected in our safety philosophy of Target Zero, aimed at enhancing our existing strong safety management system, but also raise the overall level of awareness to create an interdependent and sustainable safety culture for our employees. It encourages employees to be fully engaged and focused on their tasks, and communicating with one another to minimize risk on the job.

Worley Parsons’ alignment with our Target Zero principles and health and safety policy commitments was key in choosing them for the project. They have an absolute commitment to safe work practices.

Suzana Prpic FortisBC’s director of corporate emergency management

Serious About Zero

Worley Parsons has a program similar to Target Zero called “Serious About Zero” (SAZ): a behavioural observation and conversation process that empowers workers to strengthen the safety culture.

Janine Elliott, Worley Parsons’ health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) advisor on the Surrey to Coquitlam pipeline project says the SAZ program helps ensure teams engage with each other and are comfortable asking questions about safety. “The emphasis of the SAZ process is definitely on conversation,” she says. “It’s about leaders at all levels out walking the sites, talking with their crews, coaching and correcting “at-risk” behaviour and recognizing and commending safe behaviour. It’s proactive risk control.”

Prpic says Worley Parsons works very hard to ensure their SAZ program is always adhered to. “This ensures we collectively have the safest project to date - at every phase of the project.” Prpic works closely with Elliott to ensure that all required safety program elements for the work are implemented and that regulatory commitments are addressed. “We work as a team, with clear and timely communication about all safety concerns.”

WorkSafeBC representatives have been invited to—and have attended—several meetings relating to this project work. Officers that will provide project oversight will be given updates at regular intervals as the project proceeds.

The Surrey to Coquitlam pipeline project involves “twinning” or doubling the existing transmission lines in Surrey and Coquitlam, and the work will occur within existing utility corridors in those communities.

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