Safety first is safety always: a tribute to our crews

Trinidad Drilling Rig 134 celebrates 5 years incident free

Trinidad rigs reach amazing safety milestones

When Trinidad Drilling was created 20 years ago, founder Mike Heier was determined that – along with great performance for its customers and shareholders – his company would be focused on safety.

Trinidad Drilling US Safety Milestones
Trinidad Drilling safety milestones achieved on US rigs as of March 2016

Over the following years, Trinidad developed safety processes and a safety culture that is admired across the industry. Among those processes are T.E.S.T. (essential skills training), where rig hands are trained and assessed on the skills and attitudes required to do their jobs correctly and safely and the reliability triangle, where hands are taught to be proactive when managing all tasks on the rigs.

Canadian Safety Milestones for Trinidad Drilling 2015/2016
Trinidad Drilling safety milestones achieved on Canadian rigs as of March 2016

Just this January, Trinidad’s health and safety leadership committee, which is made up of senior management, met to establish goals for the next two years, and take safety processes to the next level.

That’s because safety can’t be taken for granted. Constant evaluation and commitment is key to keeping Trinidad workers safe on the job.

“Trinidad is at the top of its safety class,” said John Meckert, Vice President, HSE and QMS.

“And, as with anything worth working towards, there is always work to be done and always room for improvement. We are continuously working towards an injury-free workplace.”

That commitment is made at the top level, and must be reinforced and practiced on each and every rig, where employees look after each other like family.

“I look at these guys out here as if they were my family,” said Robert Fox, Driller on Rig 134. “I don’t ever want to see anyone in my family get hurt. If I got one of them hurt I would probably quit. It’s just like the Reliability Triangle says …”

… Use your safety tools and believe in your team and take it one job at a time.”

Rig 134 has reached the five-year milestone of no recordable incidents. Rig Manager Leslie Reynolds says it comes down to communication.

“Good communication is the key to being able to perform at a high level and work safely for such a long time,” said Reynolds. “Pre-job planning, which is part of communication, is a very important piece of the puzzle. Getting people to be willing to stop a job when things aren’t going as planned is a big part as well. It is important to have standards, and uphold those standards which come from the Rig Managers, and filter down to Drillers and then throughout the crews.”

Safety snapshots: a look at some of Trinidad’s rig safety milestones

Trinidad is driven to outperform, and because of that drive, we’re one of the best and safest in the business. But we’re not a company prepared to rest on our laurels. Making safety a priority means always keeping it top of mind and focusing on continuous improvement. And that’s a commitment we’re proud to make.

Here, we catch up on some of the best safety records on Trinidad rigs in Canada the United States and Mexico.

Trinidad celebrates 7 years no incidents cake Rig 123
Trinidad Rig 123 celebrates 7 years with no incidents

 

Trinidad Drilling Rig 124 celebrates 6 years incident free
Trinidad Rig 124 celebrates 6 years incident free

 

Trinidad Drilling Rig 134 celebrates 5 years incident free
Trinidad Rig 134 celebrates 5 years incident free

 

Trinidad Drilling Rig 136 celebrates 5 years incident free
Trinidad Rig 136 celebrates 5 years incident free

 

Trinidad Drilling Rig 49 - 1500 days incident free in Jan 2016
Trinidad Rig 49 celebrates 1500 days incident free

 

Trinidad Drilling safety - Rig 703 - one year incident free
Trinidad Rig 703 celebrates one year incident free

To learn more about our safety culture at Trinidad, check out the whole series.

 

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