488 workers have died in trenching or excavation cave-ins over the past 9 years—an average of 54 fatalities per year 64% of fatalities in trenches occurred at depths of less than 10 feet 68% of those fatalities occurred in companies with fewer than 50 workers 46% of the deaths occurred in small companies with 10 or fewer workers Lack of a protective system is the leading cause of trench-related fatalities Most incidents involve excavation work...
The National Energy Board (NEB) is proposing to amend its regulations relating to damage prevention. The regulations that will be amended as a result of this initiative are the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I (PCR Part I), the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II (PCR Part II) and the Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR). The regulatory proposal will clarify and improve provisions for damage prevention.
The Standing Senate Committee on Energy the Environment and Natural Resources released its report today on One-Call Services and Damage Prevention Best Practices. The report, entitled Digging Safely: One Call Notification Systems and the Prevention of Damage to Canada's Critical Buried Infrastructure includes the following four recommendations: LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS 1. That the federal government reference the CSA Z247 standard for protection and
Background Historically, the tracking of damages to buried facilities has not been consistent and its focus has been more on recovering damage repair costs than as a proactive operation’s tool to reduce the likelihood of similar damages recurring. All operators of buried facilities should to be concerned about preventing damage to their facilities in order to preserve the integrity of their systems. Consistently gathered and managed damage in