Lifesaving Rules



At Enbridge we value the safety of our employees, contractors, and the public and we believe that all incidents are preventable. This shared belief drives us to be vigilant and proactive about safety in our decisions, actions and interactions.

Enbridge is on a Path to Zero; zero-injuries and incidents. In support of this commitment, in 2011 we established six Lifesaving Rules for all Enbridge employees and contractors to follow.

Each of the six Lifesaving Rules focuses on an area of high risk and high consequence, and was developed in response to a real-life incident that resulted in the fatality of an employee or a contractor in the line of duty.

The Lifesaving Rules are about safety, not discipline. Our first course of action is to complete a thorough investigation whenever we believe a Lifesaving Rule may have been broken. This is in keeping with our values of Integrity, Safety and Respect and with our desire to create a just safety culture at Enbridge in which we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes.

It is only after our investigation is complete that we determine what discipline, if any, is appropriate. As with any violation of Enbridge policy or procedure, termination is and must be a potential disciplinary outcome.

The Lifesaving Rules apply to everyone at Enbridge and compliance is mandatory. Employees or contractors who choose not to follow the Lifesaving Rules are choosing not to work for Enbridge.

Lifesaving Rule #1
Hazard Management
Always ensure an analysis of potential hazards has been completed and proper authorization received prior to starting the work.

Lifesaving Rule #2
Driving Safety
Only drive a vehicle or operate equipment when not under the effect of alcohol or any substances that cause impairment.

Lifesaving Rule #3
Confined Space Entry
Always follow procedures for Confined Space Entry.


Lifesaving Rule #4
Ground Disturbance
Always follow procedures for locating, positively identifying and excavating buried facilities.

Lifesaving Rule #5
Isolation of Energized Systems
Always follow procedures for Lockout / Tag-out.


Lifesaving Rule #6
Reporting of Safety Related Incidents
Always report significant safety related incidents.