Guest post: Building a safety culture is no easy job in these unusual times

Trinidad Drilling General Manager of Global HSE Derek Hibbard
Derek Hibbard, General Manager, Global HSE

The last 18 months have been hectic. Coming off the worst recession in our history and trying to rebuild on the fly has definitely posed some challenges.

We have had to simultaneously juggle rig upgrades, address personnel, service shortages, and train hundreds of new Trinidad hands while doing everything we can to keep our best people from pursuing other opportunities in the industry. At the end of the day, none of this is new, just the latest iteration of the madness that reflects the cyclical nature of our business.

So the challenge is, and will continue to be, how do we develop and maintain a world-class safety culture amidst all of the chaos and continual noise?

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Trinidad and safety: It’s in our culture

We think it’s our passionate and innovative people who make Trinidad Drilling a success, but company-wide we don’t just define success by profits. Keeping each other safe every day is even more important.

Evan Rochon is a Field HSE Supervisor for Trinidad Drilling. He is on the road visiting Trinidad’s Canadian rigs four out of five days a week to mentor and train workers on safety and to audit and inspect the rigs.

“When it comes to safety, everyone works as a team here.” – Evan Rochon, Field HSE Supervisor

“When it comes to safety, everyone works as a team here,” Rochon said. “The buy-in in the office, as well as in the field, is key.” Continue reading

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Guest post: Busting safety myths on the rigs

Every Trinidad employee deserves to go home safe. Even the most “minor” safety incident is one incident too many – that’s why we do everything we can to continue building our safety culture, including busting safety myths.

There are a lot of safety myths out there – and we’ve heard them all. One of the best ways to improve safety is to make decisions based on the data and facts, not myths.

To help us sort fact from fiction, we talked to Derek Hibbard, Trinidad’s General Manager, Global HSE. Keep reading to get Derek’s take on seven of the biggest safety myths.

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Inside Trinidad’s safety toolbox: exploring the Reliability Triangle

This week on the blog, we’re exploring one of the tools in Trinidad’s safety toolbox: the reliability triangle.

Used to promote a proactive approach to prevent incidents on Trinidad’s drilling rigs, the triangle was designed on the knowledge that 97% of safety incidents are caused by at-risk behaviours and conditions.

Trinidad’s Safety Reliability Triangle

Trinidad Drilling Safety Reliability Triangle

Taking care of each other at Trinidad

By promoting our proactive safety culture, Trinidad reached its lowest company-wide TRIR in history, meaning more of our rig hands went home safely in 2016 than ever before.

If you’re interested in joining a rig with an amazing safety record, check out the careers section on our website for opportunities to apply.

Trinidad Drilling Rig 121

There are no re-dos when it comes to rig safety

Rig safety has come a long way over the last 30 years. Just ask John Meckert, Trinidad’s Vice President of HSE and QMS, whose years of experience in the industry have given him another level of respect for helping rig hands get home safely.

A professional engineer by trade, Meckert’s interest in safety began at the start of his career while working for Conoco, who at the time was owned by the industrial safety leader and STOP program founder, DuPont.

“Thirty years ago, if you looked at the past few decades’ safety statistics and safety culture, you couldn’t find a better company. I was fortunate to learn the ropes from them so early on.” Continue reading

6 safety ideas worth spreading: 4th edition

It’s no secret that the safety of our crews is a core value at Trinidad Drilling. The moment our employees put on their Trinidad coveralls, they know they’re a part of a tight-knit, supportive and safe team; a team that will set them up for safety and operational success.

As sharing safety ideas is an essential part of our safety culture, it only made sense to give you another set of safety ideas worth spreading. We encourage you to share, print, and post ‘em because working together to make a safer rig is the only way we will achieve an injury-free workplace. Continue reading

6 safety ideas worth spreading: 3rd edition

This is the final post in our three part safety ideas series.

Safe working tips and tricks should not be kept a secret, company to company, team to team or rig to rig. By sharing safety stories and past experiences, we can learn from our mistakes and work towards an injury-free workplace together. In our commitment to spreading safety tips throughout the industry, here are a few more of our safety leader’s top tips for you and your teams to share:

1. Commit to good housekeeping practices throughout every hitch

Rig Safety Tip #1 Commit to Good Housekeeping Practices Throughout Every Hitch
Rig Safety Tip #1

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Trinidad Drilling Rig 134 celebrates 5 years incident free

Safety first is safety always: a tribute to our crews

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. Continue reading

What does safety as a priority look like? A Trinidad HSE Manager breaks it down

If anyone knows safety, it’s Steve Bodiford.

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager with a division of Trinidad Drilling has been employed in oil since 1982, and specifically began his safety management career in 1993.

When you ask him what his job responsibilities include, the first thing he says is,

“promote safety in every action I take.”

Bodiford is responsible for all HSE within his division, where he ensures crews are trained to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Administration guidelines, starting with the employees’ very first orientation.

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