March 2024

Safety in the Pipeline: Navigating Snake Encounters

Springtime is the most active and stressful time for the snake. It is hungry after hibernation and needs to shed its skin and reproduce. This is the most likely time we may come in contact with them, but it can happen very late into Autumn as well. This article outlines key strategies for dealing with snakes on pipeline projects, emphasizing the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), efficient reporting, and ensuring the overall safety of field personnel. Additionally, it provides guidance on handling poisonous snake bites and includes a list of common snakes found across the United States.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Workers should be equipped with high-quality PPE to minimize the risk of snake bites when working in an area with a heavy snake population. Snake-resistant boots, gloves, and gaiters are essential components. Proper clothing coverage, including long pants and sleeves, adds an extra layer of protection, contributing to a safer work environment.

Training and Awareness:

As part of our commitment to CIS safety, we want to raise awareness about local snake species in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Understanding the types of snakes in the area you are currently working at is crucial for ensuring your safety and the well-being of these creatures.

Local Snake Species:

Oklahoma: Keep an eye out for Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Timber Rattlesnakes, and Copperheads.
Texas: Texas is home to various species, including Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths (Water Moccasins), and Coral Snakes.
Louisiana: Be cautious of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths, and Louisiana Pine Snakes.

Safety Distancing Practices:

Stay Alert: When in snake-prone areas, remain vigilant and watch your step.
Maintain Distance: If you encounter a snake, keep a safe distance. Most snakes won't attack if they're not threatened.
Use a Light: Snakes are more active during dawn and dusk. Carry a flashlight to increase visibility.
Wear Appropriate Clothing: When venturing into snake habitats, wear long pants, and sturdy boots, and avoid wearing sandals.
Respect their Space: Snakes play a vital role in the ecosystem. Do not attempt to handle or provoke them.

By being aware of local snake species and following safety distancing practices, we can coexist with these essential members of our ecosystem while minimizing potential risks. Stay safe!

Reporting Procedures:

Establish a clear and efficient reporting system for snake sightings or encounters. Prompt reporting ensures swift response measures. Workers should provide detailed information such as the snake's type, location, and time of the encounter to facilitate risk assessment.

Please follow Client site procedures when a snake is seen on the project. Each site may have a different procedure and the snake may need to be removed by the Environmental team. Please report any snake sightings or encounters to the CIS office, as well, using this link.

Emergency Response to Snake Bites:

Each site should have a specific emergency response plan that includes the contact information and location of the nearest hospital. Verify that the hospital has antivenom at their location. Ensure that all workers are familiar with the plan, including the location of first aid kits and communication devices. Immediate access to medical assistance is crucial in the event of a snake bite.

Written by Glo Hu and Sarah McGrew

Employee of the Month


David Shafer has been selected as our Safety Employee of the Month!

David's responses to the safety interview questions:

Why is Safety so important to you?

The importance of safety is Leading by example.  It's easier to be disliked by others for stopping an incident from occurring, than regretting not stopping a single event after an accident occurs.

Why do you think submitting Near Miss reports is important?

They are teachable moments for preventing similar events from happening. All too often common accidents occur when the individual or group has completed the task repeatedly. Don't be complacent stay focused on the task at hand.

Please be sure to submit your Near-Misses by March 27 at 5 PM CST for a chance to win prizes!  If you have previously won any prizes and would like to share photos, feel free to send us an email with the photos.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with Boot Barn to offer inspectors a 15% discount on all purchases “work-related” from Boot Barn, nationwide.

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