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Project Falcon takes flight with Safety Summit

Aug 26, 2019

Thousands of workers will be involved in Syncrude’s fall turnaround Project Falcon and every one of them will need a high degree of focus and commitment to carry out a detailed and complex plan.

That’s why Syncrude’s Turnaround team took time to talk to workers about priorities, safety expectations and stress the importance of work-life balance so everyone involved in the project is ready for the challenge.

Project Falcon held a Safety Summit August 13 and14 with more than 600 people attending, including Turnaround team members as well as Syncrude and contractor leaders. The event provided an opportunity for workers to get their questions answered prior to the August 23 start of Project Falcon.

“We don’t want people to make any assumptions,” says Barry Reid, Refinery Turnaround & Majors Manager. “We need to create an environment where people feel comfortable to ask questions and acknowledge when they don’t know how to do something. That’s how we can direct them to the right information and make sure they are properly following our procedure and policies. We need to look out for one another and help each other identify gaps and set each other up for success.”

One concern identified was the potential for fatigue was identified due to the duration of Project Falcon. To mitigate this, Syncrude will provide Turnaround workers with more opportunities to reset during their days off.

Syncrude will distribute passes to Macdonald Island Park recreational facilities to Project Falcon workers. Recreational busing will also take workers from their camps to Stoney Creek Plaza, Eagle Ridge Commons and MacDonald Island Park.

“It’s a way to get a break from work and be able to recharge for their days back on. We want to ensure we’re setting the conditions for personnel to be fit for work.” says Jim Scott, 2019 Turnaround Event Manager. “It also gives our visiting workforce the opportunity to see more of what Fort McMurray has to offer.”