Northstar Energy Services (Northstar) and Sharp’s Construction Services (Sharp’s) are both advocating for the development of national standards and training programs in the Canadian pile driving industry.
Dennis Bell, HSE manager for Northstar, notes that unlike other parts of the construction sector, the piling industry does not have its own complete set of national standards. “We’re one of the only industries in Canada that doesn’t have to build to a standard,” says Kevin Sharp, General Manager of Sharp’s and President of the Western Chapter of ADSC. Ontario became the first Canadian jurisdiction to add explicit training requirements for drill rig operators into its health and safety legislation (effective July 1, 2016), but companies like Sharp’s and Northstar would like to see these requirements translate to a national level.
Additionally, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD) and the Western Canadian Chapter of the ADSC are working toward developing a drill rig operators training program that will eventually be available online.