Accidents related to road transportation activity are one of the main causes of company deaths worldwide. 23% of fatal accidents at work occurred during road transportation activities in the Exploration and Production Industry of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers in the period 2011. This percentage is increasing annually, and it is therefore necessary to implement specific preventive practices for this activity.

Transporting steel pipes is an activity with significant potential risks due to specific safety and occupational health hazards. Our goal is to reduce the number and severity of accidents during the road transportation of steel pipes by implementing the most effective internationally-proven preventive practices including those that TGP had already employed during the preliminary activities in 2010 for the Gas Pipeline Transportation System Expansion Project in Peru.

The safety and health management for the transportation of steel pipes demanded careful planning and thorough organization of equipment operation and supervision, training the personnel and the comprehensive review of the health and safety aspects and knowledge of lessons learned, all essential for the prevention of accidents.

We will describe the activities and implementation of the occupational health and safety management system in each phase of the project of road transportation of steel pipes. These guidelines will be presented in general terms to allow adaptation by companies with diverse operations and cultures.

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