4 ways to make rigs safer

Trinidad Drilling

Here’s what safety means to us: Every person who works on a Trinidad Drilling rig needs to go home safe every day. Period.

Trinidad is working to continuously improve safety by using advanced technologies to automate potentially dangerous rig activities. However, technology alone can’t keep crews safe. At Trinidad, we’re working to create a safety culture that combines both safe behaviour and safe technology.

Brian Davis, HSE Manager for Trinidad’s U.S. operations, spoke to us about some of the ways Trinidad is taking a proactive approach to safety.

1. STOP unsafe activities

Rig safety is both everyone’s right and everyone’s responsibility, Davis explained. That is why Trinidad’s rigs use the “Look-Out” program, which teaches crew members to look for, stop and report unsafe activities.

“Look-Out is the tool we use to empower our employees on the rigs to identify and stop unsafe conditions or behaviours and get those activities corrected before they proceed with the job,” explained Davis.

Each rig hand carries “Look-Out” observation cards. Once they have stopped an activity, they complete an observation card to ensure steps are taken to prevent the risk in the future.

2. Well-trained crews

Rigs are safer when every hand has the skills and knowledge they need to do their job safely. Just this year, Trinidad implemented the Trinidad Essential Skills Training (T.E.S.T.) program for all of its employees. T.E.S.T. is a competency-assurance program that clearly defines performance standards for each position on a rig.

“The Trinidad Essential Skills Training program is being rolled out across the company, and it’s really indicative of the commitment Trinidad has to increasing the training and competency of its employees,” said Davis.

3. Leading by example

Leadership by senior crew members is instrumental to the safety culture of a rig.

“In the oilfield, if you have bad habits or good habits, they’re going to get picked up on by the people who work beneath you,” said Davis.

At Trinidad, each green hand is assigned a mentor once they arrive at their rig. These mentors demonstrate how to do the job safely and train newer hands to look after themselves and their teammates.

4. HSE policies and procedures matter

Davis explained that HSE policies such as Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) and Permit to Work ensure only trained personnel are doing potentially dangerous rig maintenance. And protocols such as daily and pre-job safety meetings ensure each crew member is always aware of their responsibilities.

“Before you start a new critical task, you should have a safety meeting to discuss each person’s role in that task and if they’re aware of what they need to do and how to carry that out,” said Davis.

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4 Responses

      1. You are very welcome! And thank you for the reply! We have great videos of our tools on rigs with first time users and you can witness them for yourselves. Our tool not only reduces the time (Money) a rig saves but also the Safety benefit of not having a rotating head bouncing on the deck and exposing the working hands to all sorts of hazards. Please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to have the videos submitted to you. dtorrecillas@jtb-tos.com.

        We have done business with Trinidad in the past and would love to re-establish this relationship! We look forward to hearing from you!


        Danny Torrecillas
        JTB Tools & Oilfield Services, LLC

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