Our overall utilization rate rose quickly in 2017. Although it was an exciting time for everyone at Trinidad, firing up as many rigs as we did this year after the downturn had its safety challenges.
“Bringing previous employees up-to-speed after some time away from the rigs, and hiring new hands that weren’t familiar with Trinidad’s safety standards were two of our biggest challenges this year,” said Derek Hibbard, our General Manager of Global HSE.
Thanks to the direction of Derek and his team, 2017 was another impressive year in safety, even with a rapid rise in rig activity.
Here are four steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017:
Step 1: Rig refresh
Just as rig hands must be deemed fit-for-duty to ensure they can handle the requirements of their job, our rigs undergo a thorough inspection before they head out to the field. As soon as we received a customer work order for one of our rigs, the evaluation process began.
“Our team went out to the rack site to evaluate all safety-related equipment to ensure it was in good working order,” said Derek. “We also made sure equipment requiring certifications was up-to-date before the rig was mobilized.”
Step 2: People refresh
Our safety team held pre-spud workshops focused on HSE basics so our crews were up-to-date on our latest safety initiatives and tools.
“The workshops were a great refresher for rig hands who didn’t work as much during the downturn,” explained Derek.
“They also gave us a chance to drive our safety message to new recruits, and gave them the opportunity to dive into our safety program, basic standards and expectations.”
Step 3: Post-spud HSE support
Hands-on HSE support was also provided to rigs that were just firing back up again after the downturn. At the rig, members of our safety team worked closely with Rig Managers to set the crew up for safety success.
“When a rig is heading out for the first time, Rig Managers are focused on getting the rig up and running smoothly.
Having an extra body on site to support them from an HSE perspective really helped in making sure everything was consistently implemented.”
Step 4: Sharing safety lessons learned
To ensure best safety practices were maintained across our fleet throughout the year, we held monthly lessons learned reviews, and distributed all near misses, flash alerts and bulletins.
“Sharing these experiences with all our rigs helped a lot in terms of bringing the conversation back to HSE,” said Derek.
Safety snaps: a look at some of Trinidad’s 2017 safety milestones
“It takes hard work and full-time commitment to be safe, and it’s difficult to achieve milestones of the magnitude we’re seeing in our fleet,” summarized Derek. “Our performance is a true testament to the leadership and dedication of our teams in the field.”