All injuries are preventable. All injuries are ankle or foot related. The working environment that we were given to deal with - we didn't refuse to do it and we should have in all three cases." Woollam noted that 95 per cent of health and safety incidents that his company has experienced are foot, ankle or knee injuries, usually caused by working in rough terrain that ranges from soft ground to rocks to icy conditions. Part of the problem is navigating that terrain while carrying heavy loads. "You try to ensure that the client will provide some decent working conditions for you," said Woollam. That can include smoothing uneven or unstable ground by back-blading or grading. If that isn't possible, the producer company can take other initiatives such as installing rig matting around the wellhead so that workers don't step in holes or ruts in the ground. They can also put catwalks on which to lay pipe over uneven ground. "It varies by area as well," said Woollam, discussing how producers in the different regions where Global works deal with those conditions. The core area for Global - the region where they really began working - is Zama City in Northwest Alberta, where the company operates six service rigs.
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