Safety starts with employees who make good choices when completing tasks. Good decisions are made by well informed and trained workers who understand standard operating procedure, along with all risks involved. Does your company perform every task safely? Do you operate safely 100 percent of the time?
I ask every drilling company I work with those questions. I ask the questions for my safety and to understand all aspects of a project. When I pose those questions to the operations team in the office, the answer is immediately “Yes,” or “Of course we operate safely; it is part of our core values.” When I ask the same questions in the field, I sometimes get a “Yes” from the supervisor. Other times I am told, “Listen, we have a job to get done, and sometimes that job becomes difficult and someone might have to bleed a little bit to meet our completion deadline.”