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

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

Trinidad Drilling reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

Trinidad reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

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

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

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

The crew of Trinidad Rig 133 celebrates five years without an incident.

10 steps for a safer rig: A Toolpush’s top tips

When Trinidad Rig 133 reached five years without a recordable incident, one of our HSE leaders asked its Rig Manager how the milestone was achieved. The reply from Blake Walsworth was so impressive, the Trinidad safety team shared it throughout our organization.

Walsworth, whose rig operates primarily in northwest Louisiana and East Texas, had created an in-depth list of the ways his team takes care of each other.

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.”

Walsworth’s list of safety leadership tools could be useful to anyone in the industry, so we thought we would share it here. Continue reading