Winter Power Sports Safety Tips

Tip 1 – Speed: Ride at a realistic speed to prevent injury and reduce the risk of accidents.

Tip 2 – Tethers: Invest in a tether to shut the motor off if you are separated from your machine. Always wear the tether when sledding.

Tip 3 – Ice: No matter the season, be cautious around frozen water. Be aware of the ice depth and strength, and stagger snowmobiles while crossing. Grey and slushy ice should be avoided!

Tip 4 – The Buddy System: No matter your skill level, ride with at least one other person and stay together.

Tip 5 – Don’t Exceed Skill Set: Make sure everyone in the group is comfortable with the trip plan and that it matches their abilities. Never give a young person a machine with more horsepower than they can safely operate.

Tip 6 – PPE: Dress for the weather and always wear your helmet.

Tip 7 – Sobriety: Never operate a snow machine under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving a snow machine while impaired carries the same penalties as operating a motor vehicle.

Tip 8 – Be prepared for an emergency with a first aid kit, signally flares, something to build a fire if needed.

Five Key Safety Guidelines for Riding in Avalanche Country

Tip 1 – GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them.

Tip 2 – GET THE TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.

Tip 3 – GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.

Tip 4 – GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath slopes is dangerous.

Tip 5 – GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t go to help your stuck friend. Don’t group up in runout zones.

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Enjoy your adventure, have fun and play safe.

Retired Brother Robert Eckstein

We are sad to announce the passing of Retired Brother Robert Eckstein on January 7th, 2021. Brother Eckstein was initiated into Local 555 in April 1980. Bob was a proud member of Local 555 for 40 years.

2020 Fishing Derby Temporarily Cancelled

The 2020 fishing derby is temporarily cancelled. In the event that things start to open up soon enough, the derby could possibly still be held. We will keep you up to date with information.

Support Boilermaker Jobs

Recently former Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stated that oil was dead and she did not support the Canadian oil & gas industry. Canada’s Energy Citizens have prepared an online letter of support for the industry to Elizabeth May. We ask that you sign the letter by clicking here.

May Union Meeting Cancelled

Please be advised that the May 13th Monthly Union Meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Fall Protection & Structured Pressure Welding Training

To register for Winnipeg courses, please email Nicholas to book a spot: . To register for Regina & Saskatoon courses, please email Mona to book a spot: .

Fall Protection: Energy Safety Canada Certificate

This is a 8 hour in-house course with a WAH refresher if required.

Regina: Thursday, January 16 at 8:00 AM
Regina: Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21 (20 per class)
Saskatoon: Thursday, January 23
Winnipeg: Monday, January 27 (more classes to be setup)

Structured Pressure Welding Course

Winnipeg: Monday, January 27 to Friday, February 14
Regina: Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 14

Note: Both of the above classes are dependent on interest

Field Supervisor & Steward Training Dates

Anyone wishing to attend the following training, please call the office to reserve a seat.

Field Supervisor Training
December 3rd and 4th @ Regina training center
December 17th and 18th @ Winnipeg training center

Steward Training
January 13th and 14th @ Winnipeg training center
January 16th and 17th @ Regina training center

Steward Training at 555

Steward Training took place at Lodge 555’s Union Halls & Training Centres in Winnipeg and Regina.  Over the course of the two-day program Assistant to the International President Cory Channon led an informative session on Boilermaker jurisdiction, National Health & Safety Representative Blair Allen commanded an inspirational class on the role of the steward on health & safety, and International Representative Richard MacIntosh instructed the basic steward skills and Boilermaker history.

Steward Training in Winnipeg, MB
Lodge 555 Winnipeg, MB – January 22-23, 2019. (Left to right): Cory Channon, Matt Wright, Dane Derewianchuck, Cheyenne Call, Ethan Burke, Jeremy Paterson, Kyle Parkin, Jordan Dmyterko and Evan Jordan.
Steward Training in Regina, SK
Lodge 555 Regina, SK – January 24-25, 2019. Back row (left to right): Shane Thom, Jaxson Foley, Vaughn Tangjerd and TJ MacDonald. Front row (left to right): Derrick Watson, Brodie Kutcher, Matt Doucette and Devin Dillabough.

2019 Work Picture Updated

Please note that the 2019 Work Picture has been updated. To view, click here (PDF). As always, you can also find it in the “Members” menu.