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US pipeline contractor United Piping celebrates safety milestone

Minnesota, US-based oil and gas industry contractor United Piping celebrated the end of 2019 with a record 2.5 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.

According to the company, employees from sites and offices across 14 US states were instrumental in achieving this milestone through their commitment to safety and quality.

"We’re incredibly proud of our team’s dedication to pipeline and environmental safety – day in and day out," said Mel Olson, CEO and president of United Piping. "Our employees are held to the highest safety standards and this achievement was a group effort. From our safety leadership team to our employees in the field, it took every employee to reach and surpass our goals."

Since 2016, the company’s total recordable injury rate has decreased, reaching zero in 2019. Initiatives including United Piping’s ‘Think Three’ campaign and ‘Safety Opportunity’ programme are designed to keep workers aware on the job and accountable for their own and their co-workers’ wellbeing.

Safety leaders encourage those in the field to identify hazards, corrections and standout moments as part of the incentive programme. The company has also reduced its first aid case rate by 30% in 2019.

"Our Commitment to Zero has created a safety culture that reflects United Piping’s core values of integrity, respect and caring," added safety manager Mike Villa. "Quality and safety go hand-in-hand for us, and our employees know that completing a job correctly, timely and safely is only possible if everyone in the field is dedicated to keeping the team injury free and doing it right the first time."