How Should a Company Plan to Optimize Its HSE Practices in a Low Cost Environment?

With regards to the major catastrophic incident, BP Deep Water Macondo which happened on 20 April 2010, many companies in the oil and gas industry tend to heavily invest in extra Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) programs in order to raise the HSE awareness and standard for their employees. These non-compulsory HSE plans have been introduced into a company in different ways such as in-house initiatives and third party HSE training services. For many years, the price of oil was slightly above 100 $/bbl and the spending extra budget on safety programs was an acceptable practice across the industry. Therefore, the budget at HSE has increased dramatically over this period of time.

However, since mid-2014, the oil price has drastically dropped from about 110$/bbl to 50$/bbl as of October 2016. Most companies in the upstream business have had extremely bad effects on their incomes; they therefore have looked into ways to reduce operating expenditures without compensating their reputation, safety, reliability, and product quality and harming their people. One aspect to help corporations achieve this goal is to optimize the HSE practices.


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Perro Negro 6 Jack Up Rig Capsized and Sank – Oilfield Safety

Perro Negro 6 Incident – Jack up rig capsized and sank was happen few year ago but we would like to share this case as a case study. You can watch what happen in the video below.

It is clearly seen that the rig capsized and sank in just few minutes. Jack up rig move is one of the most hazardous operation. Before a rig is moved, total number of people on board will be kept at minimum for operating the operation and non essential personnel will not be allowed on the rig.   There are several considerations that rig contractors and operators must be agreed before commencing any rig move operation. For this case, we would like to emphasize that even though all safety is in place, the bad thing can be happened.

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Offshore Crane Failure Case Study

Offloading equipment from a supply boat is one of the normal lifting operations for offshore rig. Therefore, it is very imperative to follow safety work practices while working with the crane. Crane operators have the responsibility to work with the crane safely. Before any lifting operation, a pre job safety meeting with all crew must be conducted and the plan must be clearly explained to the crew. A banksman will be only one dedicated people to give the signal to the crane operator. While lifting, there must be no one underneath the crane because anything can happen even though a crane is properly inspected.

This video is very good example to learn about the offshore crane failure. The operation was to lift the subsea well head off the boat to the rig. The crane operator picked up the wellhead from the boat. Unfortunately, the crane did not properly function and it resulted in failure. The crane bloom was damaged and fell into the sea. We strongly believe that nobody got hurts from this situation.

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The Luckiest Derrick Man – TDS Drop

You must watch this VDO. In this vdo, it shows that a bad situation can be occurred any time.

It took less than half a minute for this catastrophic happened. The derrick man was extremely lucky because he was in derrick instead of monkey board. This is a right working practicing while working in derrick. We are not sure about the details of this incident but we would like to use this event to raise oilfield safety awareness and learn from other safety incidents to make our work place safe.

What Can We Learn from This Situation?

  • Always be in a safe zone while working in derrick especially when TDS moving.
  • Possible lack of drilling line maintenance or poor quality drilling line
  • Drill floor is one of the most dangerous places on the rig. As you can see from this case, there will be big damage on equipment but we are not sure about people life. We hope they will not get hurt or lost their life.
  • If you don’t have any jobs on the drill floor, you are recommended to stay away from that area.
  • One example of how bad of dropped TDS is Rig 325 Mexico Catastrophic

  • Dynamic dropped object is very dangerous. People spend a lot of time on static dropped objects because they are all visible and easy to recognize. However, dynamic dropped objects are happened when there is movement like this case. Therefore, proper maintenance is the key of success to mitigate this issue.

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Safety First

Safety is one of core values in oil and gas industry. There are a lot of emphasizing on safety while you are in a work place as drilling rigs, production facilities, oil offloading tankers, etc. However, we can see in many situations that safety are not recognized or even considered.  There are several in everyday life where people don’t think about how to work safe or they think these situations are safe in their thoughts. Therefore, we would like to share some images which we would like to use them to raise safety awareness in every day life. Please feel free to share with your friends or colleagues. Moreover, if you have any comments, please feel free to share with us.

Safety is for everyone. Let’s work safe and help people work safe 🙂

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