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Putting together the safety puzzle


Putting together the safety puzzle

Drill Safe

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A few years ago, Major Drilling reached the milestone of working more than 7,000,000 hours without a lost time injury globally. Getting to this point was like putting together a large puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Every employee holds a piece of the puzzle and when we all work safely, we are placing our piece in the right spot to help form the picture of a workplace where every employee returns home. When assembling a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces, one of the basic strategies is to start by putting together the outside edges and then work your way into the more difficult pieces in the centre.

In safety, the outside edges of our puzzle consist of the key programs and principles that form the framework of our systems.  Some of these include:

  • Communications - One of the keys to improving our performance has been for managers to support safety by having positive safety interactions. Dean Connett, HSEC Manager for Major Drilling America feels that communication and interactions have helped his branch work more than 3 years LTI free. "We decided as management in one of our management meetings that we need to be visible on our sites and spend more time coaching our crews. This has yielded results as the crews feel appreciated and valued.”

  • Take 5 Risk Assessment - We adopted the TAKE 5 program as our field level risk assessment tool in 2008. Use of TAKE 5 helps to identify site-specific risks that are based on the task you are doing and the environment where you are performing the task. Identification and elimination of these jobsite risks is a large part of our safety system and has been one of the keys to our success. Juan Coronel, an entry level employee in Argentina was asked what has helped his branch achieve more than 2 years LTI free “TAKE 5. It’s a perfect way to identify hazards and assess risks, individually and in a group, to eliminate or reduce the risk, so the task can be performed safely.”

  • 10 Lifesaving Rules - The company introduced an easy to follow safety program summary we call our 10 Lifesaving Rules. These rules were developed after reviewing our incident history, evaluating our worksites, and working with our clients. Sylvie Gaudet, the HR & HSEC coordinator in our corporate office believes these rules have helped reinforce safety for our high-risk activities. “These 10 Lifesaving Rules serve as a reminder to all employees of what kind of activities have high potential for serious injury. By following these rules we can keep ourselves and our co-workers safe every day”.

  • Right and Responsibility to Refuse Unsafe Work - Every employee has the ability and responsibility to refuse to work with unsafe equipment, in an unsafe location, or without the proper training for the task. Recently two of our employees exercised this right by refusing to take a truck mounted rig onto a dirt road that was not safe to travel. Despite pressure from the road contractor and drill consultant for our client, our crew held their ground and clearly explained what needed to be done to make the road safe. After reviewing the road with our crews, the client agreed to fix the road and the rig is now onsite drilling. By not exposing the rigs to unsafe roads, we avoided significant risk to our employees and equipment and were able to demonstrate our commitment to safety with our client.

These are just a few of the pieces of the puzzle that help us remain safe each day. Each day we challenge our crews to think about their own piece of the safety puzzle and how their decisions and actions shape our puzzle. By committing to safe production on our sites, we can place these individual pieces into the complete safety picture and we will end up reaching even greater safety milestones in the future.