It’s safety stand-down season on Trinidad’s Canadian and U.S. rigs.
If you pictured two rig managers challenging one another to a look-out card duel when you read ‘safety stand-down’ – this blog is for you. Read on as Greg Cochran, Field Superintendent based out of Midland, Texas, explains what safety stand-downs are and what they mean for our rig crews. Continue reading →
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.
Erin Johnson is passionate about taking care of living things, human or animal.
That passion originally put the oil patch medic on the road to a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT), but something intervened.
“I became a medic because I was thinking that I wanted to become an EMT,” said Johnson. “Now I’m realizing that I don’t really want to do that, and I want to stay in the oilfield. I love the work and I love the people I meet.”
Johnson, just 21 years old, already has two years of experience as a medic. She is a qualified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), and has taken a number of extra safety courses with her company, including petroleum safety, safe driving practices and even how to land a helicopter.
Johnson was recently the medic on Trinidad Rig 39, where she was impressed by how the rig workers had mastered Trinidad’s safety culture. Johnson spent May until November 2015 on the rig near Hinton, Alberta, and in that entire time, she never once had to provide medical services to a crewmember.
James Kapeller was born, raised, and still lives in Arborfield, in the northeastern part of Saskatchewan.
It may not be obvious, but coming from this rural town had an influence on his decision to work in the oilpatch, and ultimately for Trinidad.
“It’s a little town in Saskatchewan that’s had a lot of oilfield people come out of it over the years. I grew up around them,” said Kapeller. “It seemed like a good way to make a good living.”
It certainly turned out that way. Kapeller, who joined Trinidad in 2003 as a Floorhand, is now a roving Toolpush (aka Rig Manager) who goes wherever he’s needed. He spent most of the last four years in British Columbia, and is now Relief Rig Manager on Rig 60, a tele double near Hinton, Alberta.
“Safety is the most important issue to us out here,” said Walsworth. “We’re essentially family; we spend more time on the rigs than we do with our families at home. I believe that is what makes safety so important to us. You wouldn’t want anything to happen to one of your family members.”
We hold safety meetings with our crews at every shift change and for each change in rig operation. If we start drilling: safety meeting. If we start tripping: safety meeting. Rig up: Safety meeting . . . You get the idea.
“Good safety meeting habits you set today will stick with your crews for life,” said Craig Barker, Rig Manager on Trinidad’s Rig 56. “I believe this is the most important time of the day.”