When it comes to safety, Trinidad Rig 41 is king.
Every Trinidad rig works toward zero incidents every single day, and Rig 41 shows how it’s done.
Rig Manager George Deveson gets a ton of credit for guiding his rig to 2,222 days of safety.
He has been in the oil industry for just over 32 years, a Rig Manager for 14, and on Rig 41 near Grande Prairie, Alberta, for eight years. It’s fair to say he has the experience, not to mention the dedication, to keep his crew safe.
“Rig 41 is a heavy double drilling rig, it’s very similar to a lot of other rigs,” said Deveson.
So, to what does he credit this momentous safety milestone?
His extra-special crew.
According to Deveson, safety starts with a rig’s Drillers.
“A Rig Manager can’t be out on the rig 24 hours a day, but you always have a Driller 24 hours a day. If a Rig Manager can train the Drillers to be safe, think safe and work safe, this will transfer down to all crew members.”
“Drillers are the Rig Manager’s eyes and ears. They notice a lot of the things that the Rig Manager might not pick up on.”
For instance, he explained that his Drillers know what’s up with every member of the crew, and if someone needs extra support. And, they’re aware if something on the rig is not quite working properly. They get it fixed to keep everyone safe.
Don’t stop at the manual – safety’s hands-on
Besides having good Drillers, Deveson cited hands-on training as key to running a safe rig. He focuses on showing crew members how to do a task a few times and then having them do it on their own.
“Over the years, I have found that there is always more than one way to complete a task. There is the easy, fast way and the more thorough, safe way to do things.
“It is important to teach people that the fast easy way is usually not the safest way to get the job done. That’s where the hands-on training comes in, to show people to pick the safest way to complete tasks even if it takes a little longer. No short cuts, period.”
Because there’s no ‘I’ in safety
As you can probably tell by now, Deveson is one of those guys who really shares the credit. So, it’s not surprising that he wrapped up our interview with a shout out to his team.
“I would just like to say thanks to my Drillers and the crews on Rig 41 for helping to achieve this milestone.”
And that pretty much sums up Trinidad’s commitment to ensuring every member of our team makes it home at the end of the day. We couldn’t have said it better.