North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

OCT 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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24 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | OCTOBER 2 018 Of course, an undertaking like this does not amount to much if the com- pany's leadership does not buy-in as well. That is clearly not the case at Michels Corp. where Pat Michels, the company's president and CEO, fully embraced and worked with Nicholson to expand it. It was Pat Michels who ac- tually provided the safety celebration idea, which would be come My VIP & Me, and he attended many of the events in July and August. On the pipeline side of the business, Michels Corp. hosted a My VIP & Me safety celebration outside of Toledo, Ohio, where the company was sta- tioned to work on Spreads 3 and 4 of the NEXUS Pipeline project in Ohio and Michigan. Also invited to attend were representatives from NEXUS, as well as Michels' subcontractors and in- spection staff. To get a proper scope of the size of these events, it required a big top tent (red and white of course) to ac- commodate the approximately 1,200 people who attended the Toledo cele- bration. Judging by the license plates on trucks in the parking lot workers were there not only from Ohio and Michigan, but Utah, Texas, Oklaho- ma and Wisconsin to name a few. Of those 1,200 about half were family members of employees. "One injury can significantly impact many lives and many futures," Nichol- son said. "I think about that every day, and I implore all of our people to do the same. The Mi-Promises campaign is both a celebration of our safety cul- ture and a reminder of why it is of para- mount importance." Promises Made Michels rolled out the multi-faceted Mi-Promises campaign during the summer of 2018, when our employ- ment reached a peak of 8,500. The ba- sis of the safety initiative is to remind each employee, whether they work in the field or in an office. Components of the Michels Mi- Promises campaign included: • 12 Safety Celebrations for employees and their families at offices and project yards throughout North America. • Stop Work Promise: Michels asks all employees to promise to stop work that is unsafe or that they or someone else may be unqualified to perform. TOP: At the end of the Toledo My VIP & Me event Pat Michels invited all of the children in attendance up for a group photo hitting home the fact that they — the children — are one of the main reasons workers promise to be safe on the jobsite. LEFT: Sean Nicholson, Michels vice president of Health, Safety and Environment, at the August My Vip & Me event in Toledo, Ohio. RIGHT: Employees working on Spreads 3 and 4 of the NEXUS Pipeline project were invited to bring their family and loved ones to the Toledo My VIP & Me event.

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