APCA Plays Key Role In Supplying Member Information, Assistance

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2013, Vol. 68 No. 2

The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) had an active 2012 focused on its mission of providing key industry information and assistance to its members, reports association president Ricky Dyess.

“Specifically,” said Dyess, “we provided continuing information to our members about labor and employment issues. Also, regular updates were provided by a leading law firm specializing in the pipeline industry, about important, strategic laws and regulations governing the industry, and safety, environmental quality, drug and alcohol issues.”

In addition, the association communicates information and ideas through newsletters and meetings -- including an annual convention -- all of which serve as forums for discussion of concerns and implementation of projects for the association.

During the year, APCA participated in industry meetings, including Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and NAOSH (North American Occupational Safety and Health).

Also in 2012, the OSHA/APCA Alliance Agreement was renewed for two years. Under terms of the alliance, APCA and OSHA cooperate in programs to provide industry employees with safety and health information. The alliance also developed Best Practices for operating basic equipment used in pipeline construction. The alliance specifically has addressed reducing and preventing accidents relating to operation of bulldozers, excavators, sidebooms, trenching and excavation equipment and hydrostatic testing hazards.

In 2012, the alliance completed Toolbox Talks in Spanish for electrical safety, excavation and trenching and spotter safety. The original Alliance Agreement between OSHA and APCA was signed in January 2007.

Industry future
“I am very optimistic about future construction work related to the shale plays in natural gas and liquids, and increased spending on integrity and maintenance due to regulatory direction in response to recent incidents,” added Dyess. “I believe APCA members will continue to be in the forefront in providing competitive construction services to the industry in a safe and efficient manner with highest regards to quality of workmanship.”