Company didn't have propery safety procedures in a pipeline testing death

WorkSafe BC has now released more information regarding a pipeline testing accident last month in this region.

In its earlier released information Worksafe said two workers had just completed a hydrostatic test on two 16 inch pipeline cleaning pig traps, when one of the workers, closed a valve to isolate the piping being tested, from the recording device and the pressure gauge.

Subsequently when the worker then began to remove the testing connection from the value, instead of the testing connection unthreading, the valve unthreaded from the pipe nipple, connecting the valve to the pig traps. Because the traps were still under pressure, the worker was then struck and injured by the test piping and valve.

The inspection report now directly states the incident resulted in his death, about a week later in hospital.

It also states among other things that the company involved failed to analyze the risks posed to workers by hydrostatic testing. And, it goes on to say the company did not develop safe work procedures, to minimize the risk of injury to workers engaged in hydrostatic testing.

A company management spokesman says corrective steps have been taken to make sure of compliance with safe work procedures.

Click Here to read the story published last week.

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