Health & Safety Workshop (& Webcast)
Tuesday, 24th October 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

Based on the high number of fatalities resulting from the interactions between machinery and personnel reported in 2016, the HSE Committee decided to focus the 2017 workshop on this subject.

This workshop was intended for all pipeline specialists. 

Speakers selected amongst contractors, operators, and consultants shared their experiences and knowledge on the hidden hazards that could lead to accidents. Discussions included the human factors and technology aspects involved as well as those that can prevent accidents from happening, with the objective of better integrating humans and machines into a safer work environment. 

During the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to debate the subject in smaller groups with the speakers and colleagues from the industry.

In an entertaining and thoughtful way, the workshop described practical solutions and processes for training and engaging the workforce. Takeaways included useful tools to identify, evaluate and manage the hidden hazards related to working in and around moving equipment.

Alan Quilley, President of Safety Results who already made presentations at the  workshop and annual convention in 2013 acted as facilitator.

The event took place from 8:30 to 18:00 and was followed by a dinner in a local restaurant. The agenda included the following presentations:

Juan Arzuaga, IPLOCA & Sue Sljivic, RSK

Brief by IPLOCA Executive Secretary Juan Arzuaga and workshop introduction by the HSE & CSR Committee Chair Sue Sljivic (RSK)..

Mustafa Abusalah, CCC

Preview Radar System is a technology solution that detects both moving and stationary objects. The system was utilised by CCC to enhance safe working conditions and operations in the vicinity of Heavy Mobile Equipment..

Audrey Bodin, TIGF

The presentation focussed on real accidents when casualties occurred and that demonstrate the importance of safety on a site where pedestrians and a variety of machines coexist by necessity. It also enticed listeners to reflect on the philosophy of warning devices..

John Haynes, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

TAP routing is across many varied landscapes, from flat lands, high water tables to very steep slopes. During the initial construction period, they had identified issues with side boom operator experience and familiarity of machine and terrain..



Alan Quilley, Safety Results

The human/machine interface is much more important to Health & Safety Management than just Ergonomics. Human behaviours and thinking about and around machines can and does cause serious problems. High energy machinery does significant damage when that energy comes into contact with the very vulnerable human body.

Group presentations

In the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to debate the subject in smaller groups to discuss the following:

  • things I will STOP doing
  • things I will START doing
  • things I will CONTINUE to do
  • things I will MEASURE to make sure they continue to happen