All employees receive a safety orientation alerting them to the hazards of pipeline construction before they go to the right of way. Each crew has its own weekly safety meeting and crew members are encouraged to discuss the particular safety issues they encounter. We often invite guest speakers from the client company and local utilities to address spread-wide safety meetings and talk to our people about ways to minimize specific hazards. We employ experienced safety engineers who perform daily inspections of work crews and look for ways to make the job safer by enforcing OSHA guidelines and the provisions of our safety program.

We do special training to certify competent persons on rules regarding ditch safety and focus on ditch slope requirements, trench boxes and shoring. All supervisory personnel receive Red Cross First Aid and CPR training. An Emergency Response Procedure is developed for each job - each employee gets a map showing the locations of emergency care along the route. We meet with local responders and familiarize them with the pipeline route and nearest intersections. In remote areas we plot GPS coordinates to enable us to direct medevac helicopters to the right location.

Crewmembers and foreman are rewarded for demonstrating safe attitudes and behaviors. We give out significant cash awards and other incentives on a weekly basis. At the same time, disregard for safety is not tolerated. We’d much rather terminate an employee than allow wrong attitudes or unsafe work habits get someone hurt. Our commitment to the safety of each individual starts at the very top of our organization and everyone is continually reminded that we not only have a right to a safe work place but we also share the responsibility to make sure we all look out for one another.  
CEO Paul Somerville presenting one safety-concious superintendent with a brand new truck.

"If anyone whether inspector or foreman see a piece of equipment or frayed cable, or anything that’s a potential danger bring it to our attention. Safety is everyone’s job and we have to look out for one another."



"Safety doesn’t cost money- it saves money. Our insurance program is a large part of the costs. If we reduce the rate and cost of injuries, it saves in premiumsit’s that simple.
When it comes to safety we don’t cut corners."


"Being a superintendent going on 30 years in the pipeline business, we stress nothing stronger than the safety of our employees. We try to rig up with the right equipment for the job to make sure we work in a safe environment."



"When I received the information on Associated we looked at their loss runs. Their loss runs were great.
There’s risk, in the pipeline industry you get into additional risk. Look at that and see that Associated has done a great job in handling those risks. Their safety programs are up to date, they go above industry standards and we’re real pleased to see Associated doing that."