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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Trinidad Drilling Rig 137

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

6 safety ideas worth spreading: 7th edition

Check out our latest safety ideas worth spreading, created to keep safety at top-of-mind on and off the rig. Live by them, work by them, and share them, because everyone deserves to go home safely.

1. Get home safely. Those who matter most depend on you.

2. At Trinidad, we find unsafe work unacceptable. Everyone deserves to go home safely.

3. No one who was ever injured thought it would happen to them.

4. Make getting home safely this year’s resolution.

5. Always choose the safest path, not the quickest one.

6. Get engaged, assess and reduce risk.

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

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

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

Got bubbles? No troubles: 3 reasons you’ll want to work on a clean rig

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

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