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

Trinidad Drilling Rig 136

Trinidad Rig 136: A crew that cooks together, stays safe together

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

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

Trinidad Drilling Rig 123

Celebrating seven safe years on Rig 123

Rig 123, not only an impressive 1500 HP Triple, but also our longest no recordable incidents record holder in the US at seven years (and counting).

Since their start with Trinidad Drilling on Rig 100 in 2005, Rig Managers Dustin Ulcak and Nathan McDonald have seen the company grow from 22 rigs in our US division to 66 rigs today.

Although Ulcak has thoroughly enjoyed every teal green rig he’s worked on in his 11 years with us, he’ll be the first to admit there’s something special about the culture and crews on Rig 123.

“… I look forward to coming to work each hitch. When a man looks forward to going to work, it’s ‘cause he knows it’s a safe and enjoyable place to be.”

When we asked Ulcak about Rig 123’s seven year safety success, it was obvious from the input he received from the crew that they too would describe the rig’s culture as something out of the ordinary.

Read on as Ulcak shares five of the crews’ tried and true tips on keeping everyone safe over the past seven years. 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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6 safety ideas worth spreading: 2nd edition

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

With all your shares, likes and positive feedback on our first six safety ideas worth spreading, we get the feeling you’re just as passionate about safety as we are! Providing our teams with the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to get home safely is a vow we’re committed to, company-wide. That’s why we’ve decided to continue the series, with six more safety ideas worth sharing:

1. Never compromise safety to get the job done faster

Rig Safety Tip #1 never compromise safety to get the job done faster
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

Guest post: 6 safe years on Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 124

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 124 in the U.S.Brandon Merriman and Trinidad Drilling have a “from the beginning” kind of relationship. The Rig Manager has worked with Trinidad since he started his drilling career more than eight years ago, and he has worked on Rig 124 from the time it hit the field in 2009.

“I bleed Trinidad green,” said Merriman, who lives in northern Louisiana and has seen Trinidad’s U.S. division grow from its early days (we started operating south of the 49th parallel in 2005).

Merriman was at Rig 124’s helm when it celebrated six years without a recordable incident in June. This week, we decided to hand the blog over to Merriman to talk about his rig’s safety journey: Continue reading

And the award goes to . . . Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134

Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134 wins Pioneer's Rig of the Quarter award.

Any roughneck would agree that this is one good lookin’ trophy. Right now, its home is on Trinidad Drilling’s Rig 134 in West Texas, thanks to the hard work of the rig’s crews.

The 1,500 AC triple, which is drilling in the Permian Basin, won the inaugural Rig of the Quarter award from Pioneer Natural Resources in July. Pioneer recently started the initiative to drive continuous improvement among all the rigs they have contracted.

“It’s kind of like the Stanley Cup, you can only hold it if you’re winning it,” joked Carlton Campbell, Trinidad’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations. Continue reading