Humans and Machines: The Hidden Hazards

Health & Safety Workshop (& webcast)
Tuesday, 24th October 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland 

Based on the high number of fatalities resulting from the interactions between machinery and personnel reported in 2016, the HSE Committee decided to focus this year's workshop on this subject.

Speakers selected amongst contractors, operators, and consultants will share their experiences and knowledge on the hidden hazards that could lead to accidents. Discussions will include the human factors and technology aspects involved as well as those that can prevent accidents from happening, with the objective to better integrate humans and machines into a safer work environment. 

In an entertaining and thoughtful way, the workshop will describe practical solutions and processes for training and engaging the workforce. Takeaways will include useful tools to identify, evaluate and manage the hidden hazards related to working in and around moving equipment.

Alan Quilley, President of Safety Results who already made presentations at the  workshop and annual convention in 2013 will act as facilitator.

This workshop is intended for all pipeline specialists

The event will take place from 8:30 to 18:00 and will be followed by a dinner in a local restaurant. The agenda, to be posted soon, will include:

  • two presentations by IPLOCA Regular Members
  • a presentation by an IPLOCA Corresponding Member
  • a presentation by an operator
  • two presentations by consultants
  • group work
  • reports from groups


This year, the workshop is organised in conjunction with the Novel Construction Initiative Fall Plenary Session. To learn more about this event, please click here.

We hope to see many of you participating in both events.


For the first time, IPLOCA will offer a webcast for part of the H&S Workshop and the Novel Plenary Session. We encourage all those who are unable to attend the event to take advantage of this offer.

Delegates choosing this option will only need a computer and an internet connection. They will have the opportunity to watch presentations live online and to ask questions in writing through a web link. More information on this option will be provided closer to the date.


Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please complete the registration form and e-mail it to Sarah Junod by Friday 22nd September.

Accommodation in Classic rooms has been pre-booked in the Crowne Plaza hotel at the special rate of CHF 190.- per night including breakfast. To take advantage of this rate, please email the reservation form to before Friday 22nd September.