Today’s safety practices in the oil and gas market are just as relevant to the water well-drilling industry. Both industries have the same goals in mind: to keep our men and women safe and to be profitable. The oil and gas industry will not start a new rig unless first, it is safe, and second, it is profitable. In the water well industry, safety starts out as our number-one focus each year but often by summer we get busy and near misses lead to nonproductive time. Nonproductive time is any time we damage equipment or people. Can we do a better job at adopting new safety practices that our big brothers in the oil and gas industry utilize every day? These three steps can help us promote safer jobsites.
This column will examine each of these steps and how they can be implemented on your jobsite.