Oil and Gas Production Operators

A Cooperative Approach to Training

A Key Role

Oil and gas production operators play a key role in the industry. Required to be equally comfortable analyzing problems or working with a wrench, operators need the ability to combine in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills.

Such demands pose significant challenges for the training of operators. The safety-critical training must be to the highest standards, and include up-to-date technology and realistic experiences.? Continue reading

What to know before you tow

10 tips for getting out from under when you’re stuck

You may know the feeling. You’re driving along a road just fine. Then you slip, slide and come to a halt. Your vehicle is officially stuck. Natural inclination is to get out and get unstuck—quickly.

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Remember Jordan

A young man’s story propels awareness of vehicle recovery safety

Jordan’s story is unforgettable. And that’s the point.

Jordan Roppel was 18 years old and less than two months on the job at a perforating manufacturing plant in Standard, Alta., when the Toyota forklift he was operating got stuck in soft mud.

What happened next is something that’s common in the oil and gas industry: workers decided to tow out the lift. Continue reading

The Ripple Effect

It’s been 26 years since an explosion nearly killed her father, but Kayla Rath still panics at the sound of a siren.

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The deal with worker safety in oil and gas

With an oil strike in Turner Valley, Alberta launched Canada’s energy industry in the early 1900s. Resources were abundant, but experience was in short supply. Workers were expected to learn on the job—and avoid the dangers of a drilling rig’s many moving and often oil-slicked parts: pulleys, wheels, cogs, belts, gears, chains, ropes, planks, tools and equipment. Continue reading

Bad behaviour behind the wheel

Avoiding road rage and hyper-aggressive driving

Once fall hits, the summer vibes end abruptly with the grind of back-to-school routines, longer commutes and endless traffic. We need to get where we’re going fast and the person ahead is going way… too… slow. When tempers flare behind the wheel our reactions can range from honking horns, muttering expletives, to full-blown road rage.

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Plan a safe family road trip this long weekend

25 tips for heading out on the highway

The road trip is a time-honoured family tradition. Whether you’re going 400 or 4,000 kilometres, to the cabin or from coast to coast, it pays to get prepped for a flawless family road trip.

Enjoy this last long weekend of the summer with 25 tips to keep your trek safe. Continue reading

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