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