Posts Tagged ‘offshore workers’

Not new, but a nice song and video about good people.

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“Norwegian offshore oil and gas workers went on strike Tuesday. The stoppage could reduce the country’s gas output by almost a quarter and intensify supply chain shortages due to Russian gas boycotts by EU nations.” 


I couldn’t find any data on the typical length of these strikes, but my recollection is that they are usually rather brief.

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Step Change in Safety, a UK partnership committed to offshore safety achievement, has published an interesting human factors report.  The report, which was brought to my attention by Melinda Mayes, includes 12 one-page case studies of offshore incidents with commentary on how human factors played a role.

I suspect that many of you can relate to “Case Study 3,” which begins as follow:

After going through a difficult downsizing a company decided to restrict recruitment and personnel moves, in an attempt to avoid painful redundancies in the future.

At the time there was great demand for personnel in the oil and gas market. One installation lost a number of its operational leadership to another company. For a while the installation managed. It was able to maintain its minimum manning levels, and less experienced personnel were asked to step-up into leadership positions. The Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) and offshore engineer began micro-managing work on the installation.

After reading the report, you may want to take a look at the comments posted at the Step Change site. These comments illustrate another human factor – differences in opinion!

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An artist's reconstruction of columbi sergiodlarosa -- a Columbian Mammoth.

Every day workers demonstrate that they want to do their jobs well, prevent accidents, and protect the environment.  Only a few workers are “Not My Job Award” candidates.   A bulldozer driver did the right thing in Colorado and the result is the fossil find of the century:

The idea to dig at Snowmass was sparked after a bulldozer driver stumbled upon what he believed to be the remains of a mammoth in the small town’s reservoir. The driver contacted the Denver Museum of Natural Science about his discovery, and the museum immediately sent up a team to investigate, uncovering a hidden trove of prehistoric remnants unlike any other.

While the mammoth fossils and the scientists are receiving most of the attention, the real star is the bulldozer driver.

Lately, we have heard a lot about offshore workers who made mistakes, and it’s important that we learn more about those mistakes so we can prevent their recurrence.  However, workers have the most at stake and are the people who are most committed to accident prevention.  We need to embrace this commitment by fostering a culture that allows workers to be safety leaders, not just implementers who follow directives from managers and regulators.

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