Resource Industry Strict On Risk Management For Good Reason

Date posted: January 26, 2017

Any on-site job in the construction or resource industries involves risks. These risks could be to health and safety, to property or environmental damage, or for the project to run over budget or be delivered late. Whatever the reason, they all involve additional cost, and in the case of OHS, personal injury.

Pipeline Work Subject to Rigorous Scrutiny

Take as an example, pipeline installation in the resource industry. Like much of the work involved in mining, it is specialised, requires a skilled and experienced labour force, is performed in remote and unforgiving locations and leaves no margin for error. As part of a larger mining project, the pipeline work is subject to rigorous scrutiny by government agencies and must have in place multiple environmental, quality and OHS policies and procedures before any work begins.

On-Site Risks Part of the Job

On-site risks are part of the industry, but this does not mean that they are taken lightly. When the Reay Services GroupĀ is contracted to install pipelines around mining and coal seam gas project sites, we embed risk assessments into every aspect of the work. This involves our team members assessing every possible situation, identifying the hazards that are likely to be encountered and developing work methods or processes to address them.

Common Hazards are Everyday Occurrences

There are hazards that are common to every type of pipeline installation, and other hazards that are site specific. Typical common hazards are events such as a machinery malfunction, operator injury resulting from incorrect use of mechanical equipment or hand tools, or something as simple as a fall. In many of the areas where our installation contractors are working, heat stress is a major hazard.

Site Specific Hazards Need Special Attention

Our contractors must also be aware of site specific hazards. Because they are working across a wide geographical area, these can be completely different from other sites, or to add to the confusion, they can also be similar but need to be managed in a way that suits the site.

Release of hazardous or flammable material in the event of a pipeline failure, for example, is not only a hazard to the people working on the pipeline, but also to the surrounding environment. It can result in the release of contaminates into the groundwater or start a major fire in a remote area that can spread rapidly. These are extremely serious consequences of just one possible event.

Site Inductions and Risk Management Best Measures for Control

Site inductions raise awareness of the hazards present so that our contractors know the level of risk at that site, and the likelihood that an event involving those hazards could occur. Risk is an unavoidable part of the resource industry, but we have confidence in our team and their skills and experience. Risk management is just another part of the job.