Safety Is Our Top Priority

Our goal is for our pipeline and energy facilities to operate safely every day so that the public, our employees and the environment aren’t affected by an incident involving our assets. Safety is, and always will be, our top priority.

 

A Safety Record That Stands Out

Our employee and contractor safety performance stands out in our industry. Here is an overview.

 



Occupational Health and Safety

We take a holistic approach to occupational health and safety, with multiple complementary programs that address the workplace and home, the individual and family and our employees and contractors. We allow no compromise in the welfare of employees and contractors, making health and safety integral to planning and execution and a priority in the field, in our offices and in the boardroom.

Read our CSR report (717KB)



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Safety Culture

A key component of our strategy to keep health and safety top-of-mind around-the-clock is our commitment to a positive safety culture. By continually modelling and reinforcing safe practices on our work sites, we’re working toward a goal of zero workplace incidents.

Learn more by reading our Life Saving Rules.

Leading Safety Record

At TransCanada, safety extends beyond the jobsite. One of our initiatives, our Safety 24/7 program, encourages a holistic culture of safety with a forum for sharing off-the-job incidents, safety training for extended family, information for home and recreational safety and tips for protecting the environment.

Learn more about how we measure the success of our safety programs below, or read our Health, Safety and Environment Commitment Statement.

 

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CASE STUDY:

Tuscarora Pipeline’s Perfect Safety Record

When it comes to a company’s safety record, is perfection – real perfection – possible?

For Tuscarora Gas Transmission, an interstate natural gas transportation system operated by TransCanada in California and Nevada, the answer is: yes. In more than 20 years, the Tuscarora pipeline has logged zero lost-time incidents. In fact, the operation has never recorded a single safety event in its history.

“Not a scratch, scrape, puncture or cut,” says Kevin Walker, a technician who has worked at Tuscarora since 1995. “We haven’t even sent anybody to the doctor.”

Safety isn’t always about team size

You might think that achieving a 100% safety record would take a huge team – not at Tuscarora. Despite their small size, the Tuscarora team pulled together to achieve their clean record.

“Given the length of the pipeline and the small crew, we spend a lot of time working alone,” says Kevin. “But any one of us – we always know where the other guy is headed. We know where people are and they know where we are. You always know the team has your back.”

Our safety program at work

At TransCanada, it’s this fundamental practice of working together that underlies our overall safety program. From extensive training to planning and execution – we believe that together, we can and will do better.

Employee Safety Charts

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Contractor Safety Charts

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Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR)

“Recordable Cases*” mean work-related deaths and illnesses or work-related injuries that result in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job or require medical treatment beyond first aid.

* According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, Record Keeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Away From Work Case Rate (AWCR)

An “Away From Work Case*” refers to an incident resulting in an injury or illness that prevents any employee from returning to work on their next scheduled shift.

This performance indicator is often referred to as the lost-time case rate.

* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Record Keeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Vehicle Incident Frequency Rate (VIFR)

A recordable “Vehicle Incident*” is any incident (regardless of fault) involving a fleet or rental motor vehicle that results in injury to any person or damage to any vehicle or property – unless the vehicle was safely and legally parked at the time of the incident. 

*ANSI standard D. 16.1 – 1989 “Manual on Classification of Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents” – 5th Edition.