Pipeline Users Council Updates

November 1 – 2, 2016 Meeting Highlights:

Pipeline-1Council Leadership Updates:

  • Long standing Pipeline Users Council Chair Lisa Hartnup (Praxair Services) handed the gavel to Vice Chair Twila Everett (MasTec). Twila begins her 2-year term as Chair Spring, 2017

PHMSA presentation:

  • Jay Prothro presented information on the new proposed rule for operator qualification to include the outputs from LPAC and GPAC;

Committee Presentations

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  • Henkels and McCoy presented on their OQ Compliance Best Practices
  • OneOk presented on their combined Liquid and Gas OQ Plan
  • ISN provided an update on OQ system improvement

New Members

  • Mears Group and Thorco USA

NCCER Presentation

  • NCCER presented new qualification methods as well as their new testing system to roll out March, 2017
  • NCCER and ISN also presented a coordinated effort to align operator covered task lists to NCCER’s new qualification methods and obtain operator approval ahead of roll out

Other News and Highlights

September 1 2016: Please join us in extending congratulations to our very own Dean McKenzie for being selected as director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction. The official announcement posted on September 1st.

July 18, 2016: Long-time Safety Committee member, Ron Sokol was appointed by Labor Secretary Perez to serve as the Public Representative on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).  There are only two public spots.

NCCER National Safety Committee Updates

September 27 – 28, 2016 Meeting Highlights

OSHA Update – Dean McKenzie (OSHA Directorate of Construction)
Dean presented a slide of Construction Industry Statistics from OSHA, including the following data:

  • 90% of construction employers have 20 or less employees
  • The industry has very high employment turnover rates
  • Most worksites are multi-employer worksites
  • 50.5% of OSHA compliance inspections come from the construction industry (3 year average, FY13-15)

Dean shared the Top Ten Most Frequently Cited Construction Violations in 2015:

  1. Duty to have fall protection
  2. Scaffolding
  3.  Ladders
  4. Fall protection training
  5. Eye and Face protection
  6. Head protection
  7. General safety/health
  8. Aerial lifts
  9. Excavations
  10. Fall protection systems criteria and practices

Best Practices Share Presentations
Lance Simons (The Haskell Company) presented  on safety metrics and data collection.  His presentation focused on Haskell’s implementation of Safety Net data and how to more effectively use safety analytics to improve communication and processes.

Ralph Riley (S&B Engineers & Constructors, Ltd.) gave a presented entitled “Continuous Improvement as a Mobile Workforce Company,” which focused on the evolution of S&B’s internal safety initiatives over the past decade and the implementation of a proprietary behavioral-based observation program.

Scott Leonard (Willis Towers Watson) presented on the influence of data and analytics on insurance rates and terms for contractors.  Scott’s presentation emphasized the concept that contractors should strive to better understand the meaning behind safety metrics and take a proactive approach to educating their insurance carriers about the efforts the contractor is making to mitigate risk.

Drone Research Study – Dr. Masoud Gheisari (UF Rinker School of Construction Management)

Dr. Gheisari is the Director of the Human-Centered Technology in Construction (HCTC) Lab at the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Construction Management.  Dr. Gheisari shared his findings as to how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can be utilized in construction applications:

  1. Access to difficult or unsafe areas
  2. Time
  3. Cost
  4. Safety
  5. Inspection

Dr. Gheisari overviewed his research study on the use of drones in construction safety, or “UAS4Safety”:

  • Identified 16 hazardous situations or safety-related activities
  • Reviewed the list of highest frequency situations
  • From this, they identified UAS technical features that would help improve these activities
  • Also looked at how frequently UAS would be used and other variables that would impact users and what type of UAS would be best for the type of application intended
  • Captured qualitative comments made by survey participants that were beyond the scope of this research project and are topics for future research