Bennie McFerran is one of the newest guys on Trinidad Rig 123, currently drilling in Reeves County, Texas. Admittedly a bit nervous to start with a new company in November of last year, McFerran’s nerves were quickly put aside when he found out the crew he was joining was coming up on eight years without a recordable incident.
“I’d heard Trinidad was a good company to work for and knew they had nice rigs, but I didn’t know how great the company was until I started. Safety records like this are something special,” said McFerran.
We caught up with the rig’s newest Pithand to find out what it’s like working on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet. Here’s what McFerran had to say. Continue reading
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
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.
A few weeks ago, we spoke with John Meckert about his thirty-year career in the industry and how a few key moments changed his perspective on safety forever. This week, Meckert explains how he and his team helped Trinidad hit its lowest company-wide total recordable incident rate (TRIR)* in 21 years.
“In 2016, Trinidad achieved a TRIR of 0.75,” said Meckert, Trinidad’s Vice President of HSE and QMS. “Meaning we had fewer recordable incidents than ever on our rigs.”
Driving Trinidad’s safety record to all-time lows
Down from a rate of over one in 2015, Meckert believes our 2016 TRIR is a reflection of how well Trinidad’s proactive safety efforts are working. It is also a reflection of the company’s safety culture. Continue reading
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
When it comes to managing a clean rig, Rig Manager Tracy Stewart runs a pretty tight ship. If you were to do a dust check on Rig 127 in Saudi Arabia, we’re willing to bet the results would impress you. Admittedly, if you were to do a dust check at Stewart’s home, the results may vary (but that’s beside the point).
Ask anyone that’s worked at Trinidad, and they’ll tell you performance is the name of our game. It’s part of everything we do, from designing our rigs, to training our crews and maintaining our equipment. In our pursuit of performance, you’d be surprised at the role a soapy scrub brush, a pressure washer, and a little elbow grease can play. Continue reading
Field Superintendent Thomas McKenzie and the crews on Rig 136 would be the first tell you that working six straight years with no recordable incidents is no small feat. They’re also proof that it’s possible.
Programs like Trinidad’s Reliability Triangle and T.E.S.T. play instrumental roles in building the foundations for a safe rig, but rigs like 136 with significant safety milestones seem to have a little something extra working in their favour; friendships that go beyond the rig floor. Continue reading
The last time we caught up with Rig Manager, Kevin Dobson, the 10-year Trinidad veteran had just received CAODC’s safety excellence award. Today, Dobson and his crews are at the top of their game and are the proud new owners of Chevron’s 2016 award for operational excellence. Continue reading
As more rigs go back to work, we wanted to make sure you’re heading out to the field with your best (safety) foot forward. By sharing these safety ideas with your crews, you’re ensuring there is not one HSE representative on the rig, but five on each and every crew.
1. Every day must be committed to safety – safety takes no vacations
Since making the trek from our U.S. division to Saudi Arabia in 2014, Rigs 126, 127 and 128 have been in good hands. Not only did all three rigs and their crews ace their recent health and safety audits, but they also celebrated two years with no long-term incidents. No easy task given our joint venture operations in the Middle East began just over two years ago.
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