Working with contractors to improve worksite safety

Corporate Responsibility

Working with contractors to improve worksite safety

At our field sites, front-line employees and contractors work together to find proactive, practical solutions that minimize risks and injuries. Day-to-day operations require a strong focus on many logistical elements and we look ahead to ensure the highest safety and environmental standards are met. Through extensive work with contractors, Canadian Natural has helped add an extra level of protection to our operations that mitigates environmental impact and enhances worker safety.

The implementation of a safety device with a camlock fitting has helped to nearly eliminate fluid burn incidents to service providers across our primary heavy oil production areas. This engineered device was designed for the safe loading and unloading of liquid products (hot oil or water) on and off trucks. It requires the tank valve to be closed before disengaging the hose after transferring the fluid, to prevent the potential for the hot fluid to spray and injure workers if the tank valve remained opened.

The camlock device is now a requirement for all contractors hauling fluids (transport trucks, pressure trucks and vacuum trucks), and its use has been made mandatory on all our primary heavy oil worksites. The device is also accompanied with a modified set of field procedures that all contractors are required to follow to ensure the device is used properly.

Left: Heavy oil operations. Right: camlock engineered device for safe loading and unloading of liquids.