PLCA Canada Celebrates Accomplishments, Bright Future

June 2009 Vol. 64 No. 6
Ted Shipka addresses convention attendees.

Despite Near Record Hours Worked, Safety Excels For PLCA Members

In 2008, the contractor members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada reported over 7 million man hours worked on pipeline construction projects in Canada, the second highest level on record. This was achieved at a time when there was a critical shortage of skilled construction workers necessitating the aggressive recruitment and training of many first time workers.

During this period over 60 percent of the members recorded zero lost time injuries. In addition, it was the lowest level of lost time injuries ever recorded by the PLCAC members. The Association annually recognizes contractor member companies who have distinguished themselves in respect to exemplary safety performance based on lowest lost time accident frequency rates and safety records through the James L. Abraham Pipeline Construction Safety Awards Program.

The Safety Awards winners for 2008 were:

  • Mainline Waschuk Pipe Line Construction Ltd. (Also with zero lost time accidents in this category were Aecon Infrastructure Group, Michels Canada Company and Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd.);
  • Distribution Link Line Contractors Ltd. (Also with zero lost time accidents in this category were Aecon Infrastructure Group, Louisbourg Pipelines Inc. and T. W. Johnstone Company Limited);
  • Specialty Contractor, Transportation Premay Pipeline Hauling LP;
  • Specialty Contractor, Contractor Other (Maintenance) – Over 20,000 Man Hours Worked – Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd. (Also with zero lost time accidents in this category were Aecon Infrastructure Group, Louisbourg Pipelines Inc. and Summit Pipeline Services Ltd.); and
  • Specialty Contractor Other (Horizontal Directional Drilling) – Under 20,000 Man Hours Worked – Michels Canada Company. (Also with zero lost time accidents in this category were Custom Carriers and Oilfield Hauling Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc. and McCaw's Drilling & Blasting Ltd.