The size and scope of this energy-rich region presents safety challenges for companies that operate there. Operators service wells daily by driving long distances in all types of weather and frequently work with hazardous materials. This multinational onshore gas producer experienced a driving incident every ten days in 2008, helping push it into the last place in its North American Onshore Operations in terms of safety. As a result, the managers in charge of North America challenged the San Juan operation to “cut incidents in half” in 2009.
On top of the safety challenges the operation was facing in 2009, the year also was challenging economically. “We were in a tight cost environment,” the company’s Safety Excellence Team sponsor noted.
The company turned to JMJ Associates to help meet its goal of reducing incidents and injuries by 50% in 2009. While the company had its own way of approaching the challenge, JMJ’s IIF workplace safety approach provided the foundation for the company’s program and embodied one of operation’s top values. A company executive said, “My hope is that 2009 forms the foundation for a sustainable step change in keeping our employees and valued contract partners incident and injury-free every day.”
In brief, the operation’s goals were to
JMJ contributed to this effort with a customized offering that focused on four areas
The operation did halve its recordable injury rate per its goal, reducing recordable injuries from 1.04 to 0.47. Additionally, its High Potential (HiPo) Incident rate fell from 5 to 1. In short, the operation went from “worst to first,” transforming itself from having the worst personal safety record in North American Onshore Operations in 2008 to the best in 2009. Business performance improved as well—from a loss-making position in 2008 to cash positive for the whole of 2009.
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Reduction in Recordable Incidents from 1.04 to 0.47
Reduction in High Potential Incidents (HiPo) From 5 to 1
“2010 is about sustaining the step change (we've already achieved) through continued IIF™ leadership throughout our teams and through systematically attacking our biggest risks.”
North American Onshore Gas Company
Delivering Incident and Injury-Free® (IIF®) Results