When two workers were killed in accidents that happened during the de-watering of natural gas pipelines, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a safety notice about the various serious hazards of de-watering pipelines. In both of the incidents, the temporary de-watering piping violently separated from its couplings, striking and fatally injuring the employees.
If you are a pipeline worker who may be involved with de-watering at some point, take note of these hazards that OSHA has pointed out. Just being aware of situations that can cause injury or death can play a huge part in staying safe and unharmed.
- Lack of Anchoring – Pipeline industry standards recommend the anchoring of pressurized flow, bleed-off, and blow-down lines to prevent movement.
- Worn Couplings – Couplings should be in good shape and be consistent with manufacturer's guidelines.
- Excessive and Variable System Pressures – If pressure limits of the main piping or de-watering systems are exceeded, there could be a catastrophic failure of the pipe or the pipe connections.
- Lack of Training – Employers should ensure that employees are properly trained before de-watering.
If your employer asks you to de-water a natural gas pipeline and you do not feel ready or qualified—do not risk your life or the lives of others by agreeing to do the work. Tell them that you feel you need more training and tell them that once you've done that, you'll be more than happy to de-water in the future.
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