safety myths

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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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?

The keys really are engagement and empowerment. Continue reading

Managing ‘snaky’ situations in West Texas

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
A western diamondback rattlesnake pictured at one of Trinidad’s West Texas rig sites

Hey, we get it. Being tough is an unwritten roughneck prerequisite, so you’re not about to get scared off by a snake or two on the lease.

Right….

To all those who have jumped out of their skin after being startled by a rattlesnake hiding under rig matting – your secret’s safe with us.

Working around venomous snakes is a reality West Texas rig hands have to be prepared for.

“Western diamondbacks, coral snakes, tarantulas, scorpions…you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em in West Texas,” said Marco Rocha, our HSE supervisor based out of Midland, Texas.

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Rig safety: how to stay safe during tornado season

According to U.S. Tornadoes, an average of 1,224 tornadoes touch down each year across the United States. With Texas being the hottest spot for twister activity, and the majority of our U.S. rig fleet drilling there, tornado safety is always on our radar.

HSE Field Coordinator, Alex Cavazos, has been preparing rig crews for severe weather for the last five years. A native of Texas, Alex understands the affects severe weather can have on a worksite.

“As with any safety-sensitive situation, the best way to handle severe weather is to be proactive and well-prepared,” explained Alex.

Keep reading for his team’s safety tips at the rig when the skies take a turn for the worse. Continue reading

3 focuses for an even safer 2018 at Trinidad Drilling

3 focuses for an even safer 2018

Last month, Derek Hibbard, our General Manager of Global HSE, shared four steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017. This week, Derek outlines a few of our plans for an even safer 2018.

As proud as we are of our safety record, we’re always gunning for a perfect score. In our pursuit of eliminating incidents of any kind on Trinidad’s rigs now and in years to come, here are three safety areas we’re focusing on this year. Continue reading

The year’s best photos

This week on the blog, we’re showcasing our most popular photos on social media this year.

As always, we encourage you to submit your best Trinidad Drilling photos for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. Please be safe and respectful of operator guidelines regarding cell phone and camera usage at the rig. When submitting your photos to socialmedia@trinidaddrilling.com, please include the rig number, the date the photo was taken, and the photo’s location.

Thank you to all those who submitted beautiful shots from the field throughout 2017!

Here are some of the best from our LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds this year: Continue reading

4 steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017

4 steps we took to ensure safety success when rig counts spiked in 2017

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: Continue reading

Meet Christopher Suitt: motorhand and military man

Christopher Suitt, childhood buddy John, Christopher’s grandpa

Being a soldier is in Christopher Suitt’s blood. Born into a long line of veterans, Suitt’s family has been in the U.S. military for close to 90 consecutive years. His grandfather served, his uncles served, and his cousins continue to serve.

We caught up with the Motorhand on Rig 446 and sergeant in the United States Army, as he finishes up his last hitch before his first overseas tour.

In this Q&A, Suitt talks about why the rigs turned out to be a perfect fit for his military background. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 123 Pithand Bennie McFerran

5 questions with Pithand, Bennie McFerran, on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet

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

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.