BEST YEAR FOR SAFETY Maersk Drilling’s safety record for 2015 tells the story of a company which has been seeing greater activity, but fewer safety-related incidents. But a serious Incident on Mærsk Developer in June has cast a dark shadow over the statistics. - The most encouraging thing in 2015 has been to witness the professional manner with which the rig teams have been working on safety issues. We have deployed several new units and acquired many new employees, and yet we have managed to keep the frequency of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) at the lowest level ever, while simultaneously maintaining a high uptime, says Bent Nielsen, Head of HSSE, Maersk Drilling. According to Bent Nielsen, the rig teams have shown great enthusiasm for taking responsibility regarding the effort to minimise personal injuries. Similarly, the company has made great progress regarding well control safety. During 2015 there was fewer well control safety incident which also indicates sound progress in this critical safety area. - We must give the rig teams a lot of credit for the fact that Maersk Drilling had only three LTI’s directly under our responsibility, Bent Nielsen says. SERIOUS ACCIDENT Unfortunately, the positive trend in the company’s LTI frequency was marred by the fact that one of the three LTIs involved a serious accident in June 2015, where an offshore employee on Mærsk Developer lost his left hand and three fingers on his right hand when his hands were hit by a falling pipe while working on the drill floor.
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- This accident has overshadowed all our efforts during the year. Hopefully, we will never see such an incident repeated on any of our rigs. This was a wake-up call for the whole organisation reminding us that though we have come far in our safety crusade we still have a lot of hard work in front of us. What are you doing to prevent such an accident occurring in 2016? - In 2016 we are increasing our focus on operational excellence. This means that we will reinforce our effort to cultivate a safety culture where everyone considers it totally natural to push the red button and stop the operation if they see an unsafe situation developing. We want every employee to be aware that it is a duty – not merely a right – to sound an alarm when process or personal safety is being compromised. Are you far from achieving such a safety culture ? - I do not think so. The fact that we have had the lowest level of LTIs ever during a period with so much activity, so many new employees and so many new vessels, clearly proves that we are on the right track, and that the rig crews are taking many good and proper decisions about safety every day. Nevertheless, we are far from accomplishing this mission when we are able to experience such a serious accident like the one we saw in June, Bent Nielsen says.
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