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How We Successfully Embedded Safety Into the Culture of Northern Mat & Bridge

Safety Culture at Northern Mat and Bridge

Northern Mat and Bridge (NMB) is a fully-integrated access solutions company. For those of you already in the energy industry, I’m sure you understand that sentence. But for those of you who are not: What does that mean? In everyday language, we provide temporary roadways – which we build with access or mud mats – and bridges for construction-based industries in the energy sector.

Headquartered in Grande Prairie, Alberta, NMB is situated in the middle of the two main Canadian oil & gas plays: the Montney and the Duvernay. The roots of our company were firmly planted in that sector – an industry where safety is of utmost importance. Over the years, we have grown into a national company serving industries such as transmission and distribution, pipelines and wind energy. Today, our service centres span the nation from Northern British Columbia to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and everywhere in between.

As our business grew, it went through numerous changes and continues to have many variables. When we look back over the past 16 years at Northern Mat & Bridge, safety has been no exception to this change. To be clear, we have always been dedicated to safety. But as the industry developed – and standards and regulations changed – we devoted more time, resources and people to our safety program. Year after year, we have worked with our employees, clients and contractors to develop what is now a realistic, hands-on training yard and accompanying curriculum which is completed by all employees before entering the field. We can now proudly say that we have a safety program that is second to none!

Just recently, this was verified yet again when we scored 97 per cent on our external COR audit. Congratulations to each and every person at Northern Mat & Bridge for being a part of this achievement. The outstanding score reflects the diligence and commitment all our employees demonstrate meeting the standards set by NMB to ensure that health and safety for everyone is a high priority.

Lastly, a special thank you goes out to those of you that participated in the interviews and observations, and assisted the auditors throughout the audit. With your help and input, in the next few weeks we will work on improving those areas which have been identified as deficiencies. After all, “Safety doesn’t happen by accident!”

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