ABC News features United Piping

By: Julie Kruse
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There are numerous oil and gas pipelines running through the Northland, with more proposed, and building and maintaining those high pressure lines can a be dangerous job. That’s why more than 450 of workers came out to the DECC on Monday to refresh their training.

The crowd was made up of current¬†United Piping Inc.¬†employees as well as the company’s subcontractors. The company’s president, Bob Schoneberger, said that because working on pipelines is such a hazardous job, they need to keep everyone up to speed on safety requirements. He said the industry is already heavily regulated by the government but the company also set their own standards for safety and quality.

“A part of the idea here is go ahead and get people to understand that everything we do can be done safely and understand that everything we have to do has to be done to high quality too because the effect of doing a poor job today can really have an adverse affects down the road,” said Schoneberger. “People get hurt five years from now from doing a bad job today.”

Schoneberger said about 350 people at the conference are currently or will be working in Superior for Enbridge for most of 2015.