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Ozzie’s is committed to the health and safety of customers, employees and the general public, and to providing environmentally effective programs to reduce waste and pollution. The success of Ozzie’s HSE program is based on a team effort and the establishment of recognized safety principles. Through the ongoing participation of all employees adhering to safe operating policies and procedures and industry standards for equipment maintenance and design, Ozzie’s strives to achieve a safe work environment for all.
Ozzie’s complies with all provincial, state and federal health, safety and labor regulations, such as OSHA standards. We are registered with ISNetworld, to which we report our safety statistics monthly.
Our equipment can be deployed in all 10 provinces and all 50 states, as well as in jurisdictions worldwide. With Tier 3 diesel engines and other environmental features, our machines are CARB-compliant.
Ozzie’s takes Health, Safety and Environmental protection (HSE) very seriously. This is reflected in the design and engineering of all of our padding machines as well as in our Operator Training Manuals and our approach to working on the pipeline right-of-way.
The HSE features on our large OPP-200 and OPP-300 padding machines include: a heated and air-conditioned roll-over protection system (ROPS) cab, ergonomic operator’s chair, chair hand controls, conveyor retraction safety system, cylinder locking device for the machine elevator system, visibility cameras, back-up alarm and beacon, engine platform access ladder and guard rails on the engine platform, conveyor locking and bi-fold system for machine transport, a cold-weather engine and hydraulic heating system, and automatic machine shut-down programming. In addition, our Operator Training Manuals emphasize safe machine operation practices and machine servicing.
Mechanical backfill separation is a green alternative because it:
Facilitates maximum ditch spoil replacement;
Eliminates soil contamination, because what comes out of the ditch goes straight back in during the backfill process;
Minimizes pipeline right-of-way disturbance; and
Minimizes right-of-way traffic by eliminating the need to haul in selected backfill material.
Increased pipeline integrity and reliability over a pipeline project’s operating life-cycle reduces the risks of environmental damage from a spill or leak due to pipeline failure.
Long-term pipeline corrosion resulting from inadequate backfill material or lack of backfill separation applications can result in a pipeline failure due to damaged pipe coating or pipe damage many years following a small scratch or nick that occurred during the original backfill process. Pipeline failures can also result due to the effects of physical distortion of the pipe caused by inadequate backfill compaction due to lack of backfill separation.
In addition to the actual damage to the pipeline, damage to soil, water and wildlife, and disruption to local community life, pipeline spills or leaks are costly to repair, almost always trigger lawsuits, cause immense reputational damage to companies and even pose the threat of imprisonment to corporate officers, all while increasing political opposition to future pipeline construction. Pipeline failures can also result due to the effects of physical distortion of the pipe caused by inadequate backfill compaction due to lack of backfill separation.