Compliance Verification Activity Report: CV2021-514 - Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC

Overview

Compliance verification activity type: Field Inspection

Activity #: CV2021-514
Start date: 2021-02-17
End date: 2021-02-18

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Regulated company: Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC

Operating company: Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC

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Rationale and scope:

Unannounced safety inspection of Burnaby, Sumas and Westridge Marine Terminals to verify implementation of corrective measures identified by Trans Mountain in response to the 15 Dec 2020 serious injury.

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Regulatory requirements that apply to this activity:

Observations (no outstanding follow-up required)

Observation 1 - Sumas Terminal

Date & time of visit: 2021-02-17 10:00

Discipline: Safety Management

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Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 2 - Burnaby Terminal

Date & time of visit: 2021-02-17 10:00

Discipline: Safety Management

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Observations:

  • CER Inspection Officers (IOs) arrived unannounced at the Burnaby Terminal on 17 February 2021. Upon arrival, company representatives performed Covid-19 screening on IOs which included a questionnaire and temperature measurement.
  • IOs learned through inquiry that approximately 50% of workers at Burnaby Terminal had participated in the ‘restart training’ and returned to work following a work stoppage undertaken by the company in response to a serious injury on 15 Dec 2020 (INC2020-138).
  • IOs observed that that corrective actions identified by the company in response to the 15 Dec 2020 injury appeared to be successfully implemented: 
    • Sandwich board signs displaying contact information for the Responsible Person were posted at access points to each ‘critical work area’. Visitors are expected to contact the Responsible Person prior to entering the area. 
    • IOs questioned two heavy equipment operators working in construction work areas 209 and 210. Both appeared knowledgeable of the recent changes to the 'Equipment Working Close to People' safe work practice, radio communication protocols, hand signals, and spotting standards. 
    • Both operators had a functioning two-way radio and were aware of the protocol to follow if an unannounced visitor entered the work area.
    • Pedestrian paths, truck haul routes, and staging areas appeared to be constructed and used in accordance with the detailed execution plan (DEP). 
    • The DEP included instructions for pedestrian and vehicle traffic entering the work area.  
    • IOs confirmed that the foreman overseeing the work in CWA 209 had radio contact with the two excavators, dozer, and two rock trucks operating in the area.  
    • Workers were observed wearing CSA Class 2 high visibility clothing. 
  • IOs observed workers maintaining 2 meters from others and wearing masks if physical distancing was not possible.  

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 3 - Westridge Marine Terminal

Date & time of visit: 2021-02-18 10:00

Discipline: Safety Management

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  • CER Inspection Officers (IOs) arrived unannounced at the Westridge Marine Terminal (WMT) on 18 February 2021. Upon arrival, company representatives performed Covid-19 screening on IOs which included a screening questionnaire and temperature measurement. 
  • ​IOs learned that almost all WMT workers had completed the ‘restart training’ and had returned to work following a work stoppage undertaken by the company following a serious injury on 15 Dec 2020 at Burnaby Terminal. 241 workers were on site the day of inspection. 
  • IOs verified that corrective actions identified by the company in response to the 15 Dec 2020 injury had been implemented at WMT: 
    • IOs questioned one dozer operator who appeared knowledgeable on the recent changes to the 'Equipment Working Close to People' safe work practice including the procedure for changing implements. 
    • The dozer had a functioning two-way radio.
    • Spotters were observed using appropriate hand signals. 
    • Workers were observed wearing CSA Class 2 high visibility clothing. 
    • IO questioned a contracted dump truck operator. Although a two-way radio was present in the cab, the radio did not have the ability to communicate with the foreman, or any other company representatives. The operator indicated he relied on spotters and hand signals to communicate with ground workers. 
  • IOs observed preparation work being conducted at the Tunnel Portal site. Work was underway preparing for the arrival of the tunnel machine. IO’s questioned the hoisting and rigging supervisor and members of his crew and were informed that morale was high, crews were ready to resume work and the restart program had a positive impact on them. 
  • Trans Mountain representatives informed CER Inspectors that they would commit to keep the CER informed on any updates regarding human equipment interface (HEI) initiatives, specifically any upgrades or modifications to mobile equipment on their sites. Discussion included such modifications as cameras, lasers and audible alarms.  

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 4 - IAMC IM Observations

Date & time of visit: 2021-02-17 10:00

Discipline: Indigenous Monitoring

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Additional Observation recorded by IAMC Indigenous Monitors participating in the CER Inspection.  Any compliance related observations that require specific regulatory follow-up have been recorded above.

CV2021-514
IAMC IM Observations
Sumas Pump Station (McDermott Rd)
Feb 17, 2021

CV2021-514
IAMC IM Observations
Westridge Marine Terminal (WMT)
Feb 18, 2021

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observations (company follow-up required)

Identified non-compliances to company plans or procedures are non-compliances either to:

- the condition of an authorization document that requires the implementation of that plan or procedure; or

- the relevant section of the regulations that requires implementation of that plan or procedure including those sections that require implementation of plans or procedures as a part of a Program