After voluntarily suspending construction almost two months ago, Trans Mountain announced it has started to re-mobilize its “7,000-strong workforce” to begin work this week.
The “safety stand down” was implemented in response to two serious incidents that took place, a contractor at the Burnaby Terminal that was seriously injured in December and an SA Energy employee who was fatally injured on site near Edmonton, Alta. Both incidents are still being investigated by the Canada Energy Regulator and Trans Mountain said they are working in full co-operation with all inquiries.
During the shut down, workplace safety protocols and practices were reviewed and “opportunities for enhancements to safety measures,” were identified, according to a press release from Trans Mountain. The energy company admitted they could have been “contributing factors” to the “events of the past few months.”
In addition, a post-incident investigation revealed an isolated case of a worker failing a drug and alcohol test.
Trans Mountain said it has taken steps to “enhance the safety culture,” adding “workplace safety is the highest priority.”
All supervisors and workers will be re-trained and re-oriented before construction resumes.