In a press release issued Thursday night, Trans Mountain said it was implementing “a voluntary project-wide safety suspension” from Friday through January 4, 2021. “Over the past two months, we have seen security incidents on our sites that are unacceptable to Trans Mountain. This is inconsistent with Trans Mountain’s proud safety culture, ”said Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain, in a press release.
The statement does not specify what these security incidents were, but the Canadian Energy Regulator says a contractor was seriously injured on Tuesday at a Trans Mountain construction site in British Columbia.
A worker was killed working on the pipeline in Edmonton in October.
“Trans Mountain is proactively making the decision to temporarily suspend construction on the expansion project in order to review, reset and refocus our efforts, as well as those of our contractors and their workers,” said Anderson.
“The critical success of any organization lies in its ability to self-reflect – to honestly and courageously ask the question, ‘Where can we improve? This is not negotiable; we need to improve the safety culture and the performance of our project. ”
Trans Mountain declined CBC’s interview request.