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Danish Business Unit
Global Safety Day On Tuesday, 29 April 2014 Maersk Oil held the annual Global Safety Day.
How embarrassing: The safety man had an accident on holiday. He fell out of a tree.
Planned shutdown of production June 2014 will see a planned shutdown of all oil and gas production and export in Maersk Oilâ€™s Danish North Sea fields for 12 days.
Global Safety Day On Tuesday, 29 April 2014 Maersk Oil held the annual Global Safety Day, where about 600 colleagues from Danish Business Unit gathered in Musikhuset Esbjerg (Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre).
In this issue Leader
Planned shutdown of production
Summer shutdown DUC’s oil and gas production and export in the Danish North Sea is shut down for 12 days; a work which involves approx. 1,000 persons at work and 1,200 jobs to be carried out.
5 questions on safety 8 Seaway Heavy Lifting Global Safety Day focuses on process safety
Task force Zero: Safety comes from within
SAFOBS shall make rigger operations safer
Your role in BBQ Safety 21 On tour in 2013 The experienced and the inexperienced
Yellow working chothes are phased out
- I have had a pregnant man!
Ambassadors keep the flag flying
Turn safe behavior into natural behavior
Thoughtfulness caused new design of basket
Looking after the environment
Hectic activity on the water
Team to strengthen safety further
Winner of photo contest
News in brief
Milestones 39 My safety story Safety man fell out of a tree
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Yellow working clothes are phased out ’Fashion’ offshore changes from yellow to orange when new working clothes are introduced.
Read more on page 24
- I have had a pregnant man! Maersk Oil takes random drug tests before departure for the Danish North Sea. Jens Christiansen collects the samples - and he has heard and seen it all before.
LEaDER Safety is the theme of shutdown
June shutdown June 2014 will see a planned shutdown of all oil and gas production and export in Maersk Oilâ€™s Danish North Sea fields for 12 days. Typically, production is stopped every four years for up to a week to inspect and maintain equipment. This time two flare towers will be replaced on Tyra East and West and a new bridge installed on the latter, as well as the normal inspection and maintenance.
It promises to be a big task. Some 350 additional people will be present offshore to assist with the shutdown and housed in four accommodation rigs at the Tyra East and West, Dan and Gorm installations.
The shutdown is planned to start on 9 June although, even in the summer, bad weather could intervene. In particular, the lifting of the flare towers and bridge requires calm seas. Therefore, leading up to the shutdown, we will follow the weather forecasts very closely and decide whether to proceed. If we start and the weather proves to be worse than the forecast, we will have to stop and continue when the conditions permit. We are aware of the possibility of disruption and are planning accordingly, for example with two weather contingency days included. Positive track record We have a good track record in executing bigger planned shutdowns, completing them within the time frame and without incidents. However, there are new challenges this time as we are replacing the flare towers and bridge, which are big jobs.
The complexity increases further with the fact that we will need a crew change along the way. We would like to use the same people to take the platform out
of service and bring it back. While this is possible with a week-long shutdown we have this time decided to change crew due to the duration of the shutdown. It is of utmost importance that we get the shutdown right, both from a safety, production and cost perspective. Planning and collaboration will be key in this. Close collaboration Given the high level of interdependency in the production system between installations, close collaboration across these installations is key to the success of the shutdown. To this end, a cross-asset project team has been established to plan and co-ordinate the shutdown.
Support will also be required from across Maersk Oil and, working together, we will complete the shutdown safely, on time, with high quality and within budget.
Brian Pagaard Nielsen Halfdan Asset Manager and member of the steering committee for the shutdown.
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Planned shutdown of production
Safety is the theme of shutdown
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DUC’s oil and gas production and export in the Danish North Sea will be shut down for 12 days; work which involves approx. 1,000 persons at work and 1,200 jobs to be carried out.
Together with the coordinators Ingvert Beier Jensen and Niels Kristen Gadgaard, a steering group consisting of managers from Assets, Production Support and Technical Department has worked out a list of the jobs to be carried out: - The starting point is partly a life extension of the platforms, partly our statutory Pressure Vessel Inspections (PVI) and the common thread through all jobs is to support the continued safety of employees, facilities and environment, says Niels: Replacement of two flare towers and one bridge
A major work shall be carried out on the Tyra fields. - Among other things, we shall replace two flare towers on Tyra East and Tyra West and we shall replace the whole bridge on
the latter because it is better to replace than to reinforce the existing one. Room for unexpected situations
The shutdown plans also take into account the fact that unexpected situations will probably occur. - History shows that when carrying out such an intensive investigation and protection of our platforms, we may discover things which must be dealt with that were not already planned. In 2006, we found cracks in Gorm’s flare tower, and in 2010, we observed some internal leaks in valves on Tyra East. Generally, we can say that we have the opportunity to discover even minor things with more than 1,000 pairs of eyes, and with the culture to intervene and speak up when you see something, more things may be discovered. We have tried to include this in our plans, says Niels.
During shutdown in 2010, 750-800 persons carried out about 1,000 jobs. This time, we expect that approx. 1,000 persons shall carry out approx. 1,200 jobs.
The planned shutdown occurs from 9 June to 21 June. This means that it takes 12 days from the time that production stops until we have full production again (excluding Harald).
All the contractors will stay on the accommodation rigs Atlantic Labrador, Atlantic Esbjerg and Atlantic Amsterdam which can accommodate about 100 persons each, and Seafox 5 where there is room for about 120 persons
The last planned shutdown of the activities in the Danish sector of the North Sea was in the summer of 2010. It took seven days. At that time, PVI was also one of the major jobs.
There will be more contractors and subcontractors than Maersk Oil employees offshore. Semco Maritime will be the supplier which provides most people.
The total expected loss of production is approx. 1.5-1.7 million barrels of oil.
Partner has been selected on safety and speed The Dutch company Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) has been hired for the welding task to move the pipelines and assemble flare towers. This is done by the crane vessel “Oleg Strashnov”. - The vessel has DP2 (dynamic positioning) enabling us to save time on anchoring. This means that we can start on the next task faster. It also saves time that we can easily merge our instrument and electronic scope with the ones of SHL’s so we get one installation scope. It has also been essential that SHL has a safety setup that fits well with ours. We have run Hazard Identification (HAZID) exercises in both Esbjerg and the Netherlands and our HSE Department has introduced SHL to Incident-Free. The feedback has been that Incident-Free is close to the mind-set on which basis SHL work. They have a similar concept called Incident and Injury Free, says Niels Kristen Gadgaard.
”The shutdown plans also take into account the fact that unexpected situations will probably occur. ” Niels Kristen Gadgaard, Technical Supervisor
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Shutdown Safety is the theme of shutdown
What will occur? Tyra East and Tyra West The largest tasks during the summer shutdown will be carried out on the Tyra field. The flare towers for Tyra East and Tyra West, respectively, will be replaced and a 100-meter long flare bridge on Tyra West and the riser valves on Tyra East, Tyra West and Harald are going to be replaced. The Tyra field will be a busy place during the summer shutdown.
Harald Harald will be shut down for six weeks. A 24’ riser valve will be replaced. At the same time, we will carry out PVI’s. The primary reasons that Harald is shut down for so long is, however, the small accommodation. We fly people to the platform and in some of the rooms we will have two persons, but it still takes time.
Gorm On Gorm, PVI’s are going to be carried out. Hejre tie-in, upgrade of Emergency Shutdown (ESD) & Fire&Gas (FG) will also be done and then the flare tip will be replaced.
Dan On Dan, PVI will be carried out. The old turbines/compressors are going to be taken out of service and work on the flare system will be carried out.
Halfdan PVI of flare and production separator are going to be carried out.
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Relaxed atmosphere and focus ensure Incident-Free shutdown HSE will be strongly represented on all platforms during shutdown to coach safe work. - About 350 new colleagues are deployed during shutdown – our task is to ensure that they work according to the rules and ways we want them to. So says Troels Rasmussen, Head of Operational Safety, Health, Safety & Environment (HSE), Danish Business Unit, prior to the summer shutdown during which Maersk Oil’s production in the Danish North Sea will be shut down for 12 days.
- We are very good at keeping focus on safety during shutdowns - all are aware of the particular situation. That is why we have been able to work so many hours with as few injuries as we have during previous shutdowns, says Troels Rasmussen.
Safety after shutdown
According to Leif Godsk Jørgensen from HSE, the special atmosphere of teamwork is one of the reasons why there are few incidents despite many hours:
Usually, shutdowns are safer than normal production. That is why you should pay extra attention when production recommences:
- We have chosen to have an employee from HSE present on each of the platforms Dan, Gorm, Tyra East, Tyra West and Halfdan to ensure that we have the presence which gives focus on HSE. We shall be involved in risk assessments and we shall coach safe work, he says.
- There is a special atmosphere on the platforms during shutdown. You can really feel that there is joy, teamwork and kindness. People are busy, but there is no stress - which you can experience in everyday life. All tasks are well-planned, he says.
- Unfortunately, we are right now experiencing an increase in incidents because the level of activity up to the shutdown is high, says Troels Rasmussen, HSE:
Relaxed spirit and atmosphere
He is sure that the summer shutdown will be Incident-Free.
And the need is there. Even though shutdowns historically have been the times when most work has been carried out with the least injuries, the result has not been reached by chance.
- Naturally! If we have the same good spirit and atmosphere we had four years ago, then we will be Incident-Free, says Leif Godsk Jørgensen.
- After our shutdown, it is important to ensure good communication and cooperation across the different trade groups in order to keep focus when we change from cold to producing platform, he concludes.
”We have chosen to have an employee from HSE present on each of the platforms Dan, Gorm, Tyra East, Tyra West and Halfdan to ensure that we have the presence which gives focus on HSE. ” Head of Operational Safety, Health, Safety & Environment (HSE).
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Seaway Heavy Lifting ”The Injury and Incident Free philosophy (IIF) at SHL is about genuine caring; all workers going home (or off shift) safe every day..” Eppo van Sloten, Project Manager , Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL).
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questions on safety
1 You have Injury and Incident Free at SHL – how long has this
4 What do you think is the reason why there are differences in
programme been part of your operation?
LTI frequency among contractors and Maersk Oil employees?
SHL initiated the IIF programme end November 2012 for their offices and all their vessels. The involved training programme is continually conducted both on and offshore and includes SHL (sub-) contractors. The programme consists of IIF Commitment Workshops, IIF Orientation Workshops and Supervisory Skills Training
Nowadays principals outsource a lot of their (core) activities to contractors and do not always have the manpower/possibility to supervise and manage these contractors in the desired way. Some contractors have a different safety standard than their principals and are prepared to run more risk and exposure which may result into unfavourable HSE statistics.
2 During this time, have you registered a change in culture – how/where? SHL senior management demonstrates a lot of commitment to IIF. There is an IIF Leadership Team with representatives from the vessel management and office management. Biweekly IIF Leadership meetings are held both on and offshore.
IIF is a philosophy of genuine caring; all workers going home (or off shift) safe every day. IIF is not a fixed set of solutions to avoid injuries, but a mindset to improve a company’s HSE culture as a whole.
5 What is your best advice on safety for the individual - and the entire Maersk Oil?
Many IIF initiatives are taken, including the launch of a new poster campaign with SHL’s four safety fundamentals, renewal of the complete PPE line on board our fleet and establishment of workgroups driving change.
Personally I relate to the four safety fundamentals now being subject of our poster campaign, which stresses the importance to remember to:
IIF training given is using the “Train the Trainer” principle, ensuring the trainers both understand the IIF philosophy and apply it in their daily work together with the trainees. They act as a catalyst to ensure that the required changes in behaviour are achieved in a fast manner.
Think and discuss before doing Wear proper PPE Stop work when it is unsafe
In general, SHL can report a positive change in culture, see below summary: SHL personnel act more proactively and less reactively, e.g. they ask questions like ‘what is the most dangerous thing that can happen to me on this job/task and how can I mitigate this?’ There has been a significant improvement in seeing the need of thorough planning for (smaller) jobs. Personnel are more involved in the work, more open to speak up and discuss before they act. SHL’s behavioural safety programme (HSEQ Observation Cards) is used more and receives better follow up on board. Safety is being recognized as a primary factor in each type of job. All incidents (incl. minor cases) receive dedicated root cause analyses, to determine measures to fully prevent reoccurrence. In conclusion, we observe an attitude of choosing to follow the safety rules and procedures instead of being enforced to follow them.
3 How do you ensure that subcontractors are aligned with the safety level you desire? SHL work with approved subcontractors and suppliers whose performance is assessed regularly. Moreover, we have issued clear IIF requirements and guidelines into our subcontractor agreements.
SHL have recently launch of a new poster campaign with SHL’s four safety fundamentals. (See point 5).
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Global Safety Day focuses on process safety
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014 Maersk Oil held the annual Global Safety Day, where about 600 colleagues from Danish Business Unit gathered in Musikhuset Esbjerg (Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre), and about 200 colleagues from Oslo Plads gathered at Toldboden in Copenhagen. Another number participated on the platforms offshore. The aim was not to focus only on safety in general and take stock of the current efforts - which the Global Safety Day has done throughout the years - but also to focus on the fact that process safety is far from being isolated to the colleagues working on a platform or other places with high risk potential. Process safety is for all of us - and we got a lot of good examples of this.
”Process safety depends on people’s actions. But it is not ‘people’. It is I and it is you. ” Jonathan Smith, Head of HSE
”Process safety is a lot of hardware: Barriers which shall prevent something from happening, and other barriers which shall limit the damages and prevent them from escalating if they occur anyway. But it always comes to the same thing: How we do it.” Mark Wallace, Managing Director, DBU
”Last year, we had 12 HIPO’s; incidents with a high potential. It may not seem serious - but HIPO means that you crash and only the airbag saves your life. We had 12 of those incidents last year. One each month.” Jakob Thomasen, CEO, Maersk Oil
”Lord Cullen’s report from the Piper Alpha accident described incidents and findings which we still see today.” Kenneth Thiim, Head of Production Support
”Shouldn’t every day be a Global Safety Day? Yes. But not every day is safe.” Jakob Thomasen, CEO, Maersk Oil
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Questions Global Safety Day 1
What do you expect of the day? What is your opinion of an annual Global Safety Day?
senior petroleum engineer:
relocation consultant in HR:
1 I look forward to getting
1 It is the first time I will
the message repeated to hear about our performance in recent months where we have not been good, but hopefully we get better. I have been in the company for three years and can see that we have come very far. Today, we have a different Maersk Oil than the company I started in. Incident-Free has had a fantastic effect. When I came here three years ago, I could sit in a room with ten other people and we could hear about or see an unsafe situation without response from any of us. Today it is different. More people intervene now. But it is still not everyone so it is still necessary to remind people that we need to speak up if we are uncertain. 2 I think it is fine with one day
- but I think we could have more. It is always a good idea to put the tool down, stop and think twice. And that message cannot be given too many times. Last year, we got many good ideas and I would hope to get just as many this year.
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attend - and I look forward to it. I expect to be primed all-round for safety in the company. I expect to learn more about the concepts of safety, we work with - and I hope for much interaction and thereby a lot of valuable contributions. 2 It is super! It helps to
emphasise that safety is really important. Our Incident-Free mind-set will do good to be reminded of why we are here. And mindset is necessary. At Easter, my husband - Lars Seidler, Asset Manager Dan-Gorm - and I were at our summerhouse and Lars wanted to go on the roof to fix something which had gone loose in the storm. I told him that I had a bad feeling about it, but he climbed the roof anyway. Halfway up, he came down. He said that Incident-Free has made him think. I said it was too bad that he would not listen to his wife but that it was good that Incident-Free could get him down!
Global Safety Day
senior maintenance engineer, Technical Department:
warehouse assistant, Warehouse:
1 I would like to hear what
1 I expect a day where we
1 I hope that we can get some
1 I expect to be informed
management thinks we should do to prevent recurrences of the incidents we have had. I hope to get some clear guidelines for the effort. As an example, we have inherited a problem with fiberglass gaskets which cannot stand being sandblasted. It caused some situations with great potential which were also mentioned from the stage. We should have procedures to prevent it. 2 It is good with a Global Sa-
fety Day. Every day should be a safety day as Jacob Thomasen said in the film. It is good that we focus extra on it. Also that the colleagues who sit behind a desk or work in the warehouse, become aware of the contribution they can make to safety. It is not just for engineers and technicians; safety is also the colleague who discovered an error in the documentation and made a crucial difference. Anyone can contribute and we remind each other on the Global Safety Day.
focus more on safety in the company. I do not expect to get a specific tool or an instruction that I can use to carry out my work more safely – it is not how it works. But I can strengthen my mind-set and sharpen my own and my colleagues’ focus on safety. It is important. 2 Safety is significant in all
that we do so a day dedicated to that purpose is good. Wherever you are in the organisation, you can make a difference in safety. Also those of us who sit behind a desk or hold meetings, can contribute. As an example, I can see whether our suppliers have a proper safety culture and we are the first to observe such things. I can respond if something is not ok. Because if they do not take proper care of their own people, they might not take care of us.
good ideas today, that we can brainstorm some good solutions to the safety problems we face in our everyday life. I also expect to hear about what else is happening in the company in relation to safety – you do not always hear about it all, and a common Safety Day is a good way of sharing the knowledge. 2 The day is really good. We
can shake people a bit and we all need this. As Mark said from the stage, the routines are sometimes the reason why we take safety easily. A day like today can help change this so that we all remember that we must always think safety first.
widely about safety in the company. And I expect that 600 colleagues will listen and contribute as it is important for all of us to engage in safety. We have learned all we can about safety - now the mind-set is going to lift us further up and that is what we focus on here. 2 It is very good that we
spend a day on it. It is a day where we put extra focus on safety and the common responsibilities. For those of us who sit in an office, Global Safety Day helps to show that there is a major safety aspect of our work - even if we in our department are not close to oil or gas production. This gives us the opportunity to talk about safety and it is important. The day is good because it makes us focus. But one day a year is enough. We shall use what we learn at the desks and workstations to make our company even safer every day.
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provided food for thought Global Safety Day was a successful day with reflection on own role in safety in general and in process safety in particular. Oslo Plads in Copenhagen is almost as many kilometres away from the Danish North Sea as you can get in this country. However, there is a great impact on the work carried out offshore from the offices in Oslo Plads. This year’s Global Safety Day was thus used to reflect on and commit oneself to how each colleague can make a difference in process safety, says Jakob Windelin, Head of DBU Business Development and Commercial: - We wanted to put the personal contribution to process safety on the agenda. Our launch pad was to put process safety into a local context so that the colleagues could relate to how they themselves can make a difference, he says.
Because it is possible to make a difference. A lot of the tasks being carried out offshore begin in Oslo Plads. - We had some good local presentations, e.g. subsurface safety critical activities, drilling process safety, well integrity management and not least, why safety must be lived 24/7 - all the time, every day. Those were good examples of how to a great extent process safety begins here with us, says Jacob. About 200 colleagues from Oslo Plads were gathered for Global Safety Day at Toldboden. The response was good: - We had a good day with reflection and engaged discussion. And we have got a lot of positive feedback from the colleagues, says Jakob Windelin.
”We had a good day with reflection and engaged discussion. And we have got a lot of positive feedback from the colleagues.” Jocob Windelin, Head of DBU Business Development and Commercial
Offshore on Halfdan
Local approach to
Global Safety Day The individual assets used Global Safety Day to bring process safety into every day life offshore.
The onshore management team attended Global Safety Day on the individual platforms in the North Sea. Management was present, along with the platform management, to facilitate the meetings of the day and on Halfdan, Asset Manager Brian Pagaard Nielsen met a group of engaged employees: - There was good energy and good inquisitiveness and we got a lot of good input on the issues, says Brian. Just like onshore Esbjerg and at Oslo Plads, offshore also showed a presentation and some video clips from Corporate and they were spiced with local conditions: - We grouped people to discuss e.g. how exactly these groups had the opportunity to do something active on process safety. We had the opportunity to trim the issues
to fit the various elements to the workday we know – and e.g. they worked with incidents that occurred on the specific platform; that is something which matched exactly our workday and reality, says Brian. Among other things, deck people, well services and catering should discuss how they could make a difference in process safety. And if they thought that this part had nothing to do with them, they got a lot of thrilling inspiration: - We mentioned e.g. a major catastrophe on an Indian platform which began when a chef cut his finger. Another major accident on a drilling rig began with a fire in a deep fryer. The point is that process safety is not only for production but for everyone, and this was discussed very well, says Brian Pagaard Nielsen.
”There was good energy and good inquisitiveness and we got many and good input on the issues.” Brian Pagaard Nielsen, Asset Manager
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TASK FORCE ZERO
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Safety comes from within
The annual OilGasDenmark Offshore Safety Conference 2014 focused on what we as individuals can do in the offshore industry to strengthen safety. For this purpose, spokespersons from other industries were summoned and they gave interesting inputs to focus on safety. - Safety from within â€“ from each of our employees â€“ is actually the only way by which we can affect safety immediately, said Emma Head, Head of Safety Culture Change in the English Network Rail. Moreover, Mark Gallagher, Formula 1 expert, told that safety in this sport has been given a significant boost because dedicated drivers were religious
about safety after having felt the consequences of lack of safety on their own body. - We have found a way by which we can prevent our drivers from driving themselves to death. It is interesting that safety makes us dare to drive faster. We perform better safely, as Mark Gallagher said.
Video footages from Task Force Zeros conference can be found at www.oilgasdenmark.dk
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SAFOBS will make rigger operations safer Increase in incidents means that a safety observer will be linked to rigger operations apart from standard operations.
Moreover, he shall ensure that the rigger operation is carried out as expected in relation to the Safe Job Analysis (SJA), and if necessary he will stop the operation and take a ’time out’, says Bruno: - The management team has asked the rigger supervisors if they thought that a SAFOBS function could contribute to fewer incidents and more focus on safety. The rigger supervisors have assessed that it will, he says. Based on incidents last autumn, where we had some near-miss incidents in relation to rigger operations, the safety of rigger operations will now be strengthened. - As an example, we had a serious injury where a colleague from Tyra West injured his hand. The person in question has not yet fully recovered, says Bruno Hansen, Technical Department Construction. Consequently, from the beginning of June, SAFOBS will be linked to all operations apart from what is meant by standard operations. SAFOBS stands for SAFety OBServer. A SAFOBS shall focus on one thing only: - With SAFOBS we want to ensure that a colleague on a job contributes to ensuring focus on high safety. A SAFOBS is a person in the team who contributes on equal terms as the others before and during the lift, but who has no other tasks than safety during the lift. SAFOBS shall only keep a close eye on where the other colleagues are standing during the operation and he shall ensure that their fingers and feet are not placed at inappropriate places. 20 Safety news JUNI 2014
Influence on procedures
In future, SAFOBS shall be ’in action’ during operations which are categorised ’special’ and ’complicated’ according to OSP 017. Together with ’standard’ and ’specific’, these two definitions make up the four definitions of rigging operations which are carried out in Maersk Oil – but until now the difference between the four definitions has been a bit unclear and based on an individual assessment. This will change now: - We have held three courses for a total of 45 rigger supervisors where we have tried to explain how rigging operations are understood when talking about ’standard’ and ’special’. The ’complicated’ and ’specific’ operations are under control
because they are described in detail in OSP 017, but there are examples where some rigging operations are understood as ’standard’ by some colleagues, whereas others will define these as ’special’. This shall be made uniform, says Bruno. At the courses, the rigger supervisors have defined ’standard’ as transfer of a load from crane to pulley block or from pulley block to pulley block. Likewise, use of the design and standard lifting equipment and trolleys are categorised as ’standard’. As an example, ’special’ operations are operations where pipes, spools or loads with two or more pulley blocks are rigged; rigging with blocks or hoists; more than one rigging point or changes of rigging points during operation and pulling of pumps in caissons and subsequent handling. - The rigger supervisors have given their input on how they understand the various categories. This will form the basis of the procedure with which we will work in future, says Bruno.
SAFOBS stands for SAFety OBServer.
”We have had incidents where the required safety level was not present. This shall be optimised.” Bruno Hansen, Technical Department Construction
Your Role in BBQ Safety In continuation of the theme “Your role in Process Safety” for this year’s Global Safety Day, Maersk Oil wants to contribute to becoming better, safer, together, also outside of working hours. The same afternoon, the Finance Business Support (FBS) Incident Free (IF) ambassadors took the opportunity to spend some time to go round the offices in Esbjerg to hand out a BBQ glove to each colleague. Instead of writing the do’s and the don’ts with regard to BBQ safety, we would like you to take the quiz in order to test your knowledge and enjoy the season Incident-Free.
1 Which criterion needs to be fulfilled for the BBQ’s
6 Can you use tin foil on the BBQ?
a. Stable ground (e.g. flagstones) at least 1.5 m from flammable materials
b. Yes, with the exception of sour (such as lemon) and very salty food since it will dissolve the tin foil
b. As close to the house as possible to shield it from rain
c. On a wooden terrace
7 What is most popular to put on the BBQ in
2 Remember to light the BBQ due in time, but what
should be avoided when doing it?
8 Which of the following “Personal Protection
Equipment” (PPE) should not be used?
3 One of the advantages of a gas BBQ is that you
are ready to start within a few minutes, but what should you be aware of? a. Turn the gas once when you are ready to light it and turn it off as soon as you are finished
b. Keep the black crusts on the meat, since it contains hazardous substances
you not consider?
c. Cook to a minimum core temperature of 70 degrees
a. Ensure all weeds are removed and the lawn is mown b. Connect and disconnect gas hose from bottle before and after use. Check hose regularly - if it is brittle, burst or white in colour the hose must be replaced
b. Perforate the sausages with a fork c. Turn the sausages as little as possible
5 Who should be kept a safe distance from the hot BBQ?
What should you always remember? a. Keep the grill under constant surveillance b. Use your common sense c. Extinguish coals after use
c. Children and pets
11: A + B+ C
In order for sausages to crack, you should: a. Place the sausages on the edge or in the end to en sure a lower temperature
c. Store your gas bottle properly and never ignite a closed gas BBQ. Remember from Spadeadam how much damage 2.2KG gas can cause
b. Public authority
c. Flip-flops and loose-fitting clothes
a. Use two BBQ tongs and two dishes, one for raw and one for grilled meet
4 When using a gas BBQ what other issues should
b. Heat resistant tools with long handles
c. Place the gas BBQ in as windy as possible a position to cool down the BBQ and use more gas
9 What should NOT be done to avoid food
b. Make sure the table is laid
b. Lighter fluids
c. No, it is hazardous to health
a. Yes, no problem
On a tour in October 2013 SafetyNews has spoken with an experienced and an inexperienced employee about workplace safety then and now. The experienced one is scaffolding foreman on Halfdan BC, Peder Groth, who was on his second last tour after 33 years on the North Sea when we talked with him. The inexperienced one is Anders Cordes, an electrician who has worked offshore as a production technician since 1 September 2013. He was on his second tour.
The inexperienced The inexperienced employee says for example: I have the clear impression that safety comes above everything else; that it is a natural part of everyday life and work. ”I have never worked at a workplace which produced gas and oil under high pressure. So I shall not ”fiddle with” anything until I am absolutely sure. I ask and I listen. The workplace involves a lot of new things and a lot of new risks to me. You must have great respect for what we are dealing with. Fortunately, I see that everyone really focuses on safety. And it is not only words, it is action. Safety comes above everything else. It is really good,” says Anders Cordes.
becomes a bureaucracy with a lot of papers where you might forget to think for yourself.
”At first, it is important to work together with a colleague who has lots of experience, so you can learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. But it will take a long time to become experienced. It is not enough that you can follow orders, you must think for yourself - and it requires that you know what is going on,” continues Anders.
Focus on tidiness
The head is the most important thing
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The most important thing in relation to safety is that you use your brain in everything you do. I have always had the attitude that I must first take care of myself; regardless of safety rules. If I think that something is unsafe, I do not do the job, even though I may according to the rules. So it’s better to ask once more,” says Anders.
Another thing he has noticed is the focus on tidiness. You clear up your own mess. Nothing is left lying about. ”I also have the impression that if you have an idea for improving safety, people listen to you and the idea will be investigated. If you need any tool or the like to carry out the job more safely, it can be purchased. The safety representatives are also active and if you make them aware of unsafe situations, they take actions. If in doubt, you can always ask for advice on safety rules and procedures. I feel safe and really comfortable here on Halfdan,” concludes Anders.
The experienced The experienced employee says for example: A job should never be taken lightly - not even the one which seems simple and easy. ”It has become a lifestyle,” says scaffolding foreman on Halfdan BC, Peder Groth. The former carpenter has tried it all. It began with the hook-up on Gorm in 1980 and continued with the hook-up on Tyra West. Then he worked on Tyra East, Skjold, Dan F and B and in recent years on Halfdan BC.
more comfortable and safer, ” continues Peder.
Once during 33 years, Peter himself has been injured. Many years ago, he fractured a finger.
Both then and now, the highest risks are when we are working over the side and when we as riggers move really heavy things. Here it is always important to use your brain. But one should not underrate the risk of the minor and easier tasks which you think “is a piece of cake”. If you have that approach, it can easily go wrong. A job must never be taken lightly - not even the one which seems simple and easy”.
”The finger got a hard blow. I thought it had sprained; it did not hurt very much so I continued working. it still hurt when I got home so I got it examined - then I found out that it was fractured, ”says Peder. Great changes
There is no doubt that the greatest changes during his time offshore have been in relation to safety. ”When I started, we used selfregulation. Quite often, we worked ’in layers’ - barriers had not really been introduced. But we showed consideration for each other. Safety was introduced gradually, even if it was not at the high level as today.
Blow on the finger
”Minor injuries were not taken seriously. If your finger was hurt, you blew on it and put a plaster on if there was a hole and then you continued working.
Peder considers Incident-Free as another great improvement for safety,. because you work with attitudes.
Back then, the scaffolders themselves dragged all equipment around on the platform. Nothing was transported by the crane. It was used for other and more important purposes.
”We have come closer to each other and I think that Incident-Free has helped to accept a “no” if you feel unsafe on a job. And it is very important to everyone’s safety. Previously, if you had been told to carry out a given job, then you just did as you were told. Full stop! Today you stop if you become unsure. You ask for help. And this is the only right thing to do.
For the scaffolding we used pipes, couplings and wooden boards which were much heavier than the aluminium equipment being used today. We were wearing safety harness when we worked at height and over the side, but the safety harness we have today is better,
Fortunately, there have been many improvements through the years. Safety has really been tightened up as we have become wiser and have gained more experiences. It is good that safety is given first priority today, as of course all of us want to return home safely,” says Peder. Safety news JUNI 2014 23
Yellow working clothes are phased out ’Fashion’ offshore changes from yellow to orange when new working clothes are introduced. According to Ulrik Stockmann, purchaser in Purchasing, this is how you can summarise the change of working clothes, which shall take place during summer: - We are going to change from yellow to orange to follow our Maersk Oil Corporate Visual Identity which determines that orange is our corporate colour of working clothes. The change from yellow to orange has taken some time because the flame-retardant orange HI-VIS fabric had not been developed until now, says Stockmann. Basically, only the colour is different; everything else is almost as it was before if you disregard some minor functional changes. Purchasing has worked closely together with a permanent working group including representatives from offshore who have not only been involved in selecting each pieces of clo-
thing but they have also looked at the functionality and quality of the clothing. - A natural joint effort between Purchasing, offshore and the manufacturer, Tranemo Workwear, has been important for the project, says Stockmann. Some manufacturers impregnate the clothing/fabrics with flame-retardant chemicals which contain endocrine disrupting brominated (bromine-bearing) substances and which are washed off the clothing after 5-6 washings. This does not happen with the chosen fabric. The fabric is a little more expensive because the flame-retardant fibres are woven into the fabric itself; therefore chemicals are not necessary. By using this type of fabric, the clothing remains flame-retardant regardless of the number of washing, says Stockmann.
”We are going to change from yellow to orange to follow our Maersk Oil Corporate Visual Identity which determines that orange is our corporate colour of working clothes.” Ulrik Stockmann, purchaser in Purchasing. 24 Safety news JUNI 2014
The first supplies of the orange working clothes were stocked on 1 May at Maersk Oil. It is, however, planned that the existing stock of yellow working clothes shall be used first, but as we have only a minor stock, it is expected to be used up quite fast. There will also be a transition period when we shall start using winter clothing.
Some of the functional changes are: The fabric has become lighter, but it is still first quality. By making the fabric lighter, the jackets will not be so heavy. A special pocket for the radio has been developed. This shall be attached on the outside of the working clothes and it can be removed and put on, if required.
The 80 year old clothing company Tranemo Workwear supplies the new working clothes.
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All the men must submit a urine sample for drug testing. Jens Christiansen makes the toilet ready for the test..
-I have had a
pregnant man! Maersk Oil takes random drug tests before departure for the Danish North Sea. Jens Christiansen collects the samples - and he has heard and seen it all before.
Esbjerg Airport on a spring day in March. The helicopter for the North Sea will depart in an hour and 19 colleagues are getting ready to go offshore. They have found their suits, have passed the safety checks and are heading into the waiting room to watch the safety video. In the meantime, Jens Christiansen gets ready too. He shades one of the toilets. Seals the tap of the sink, turns off the water supply for the cistern and tap, dismantles the soap dispenser and puts a capsule into the toilet so the water is stained dark blue.
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Jens Christiansen is a collecting officer for Alere Toxicology. Alere Toxicology is a company which analyses urine samples for tracing drugs and alcohol â€“ and Jens Christiansen is at work to collect samples from the team of offshore colleagues who will be flying shortly. A sample is supplied
Offshore is informed that the departure will be delayed a couple of hours and a standard procedure has started: Everyone must supply a urine sample and tell Jens Christiansen whichever medicine
they take and this is written in a form following the sample. The test persons have an easy-going attitude while they drink coffee or tea to be able to supply a sample. Some people have gone through the test before – a single person says that he has to get his bag as ”I don’t remember the name of the pills I take” – and he is allowed to do so. Another person volunteers to be the first – ”I have needed a toilet for quite a long time already!” Jens Christiansen has a background as a police officer before he joined Alere Toxicology. He can draw on extensive experience and he takes samples for companies all over the country and, unfortunately, he regularly experiences that some persons try to cheat. Sometimes, there are also funny stories where he has had heard the unbelievable: - You think it is a lie or an urban legend from Tour de France. However, I have actually had a pregnant man. Or at least, his urine sample showed that he was pregnant, says Jens Christiansen. It can be anyone
”I know that I have people’s income and livelihood in my hands when I get a positive test, but people under the influence of alcohol or drugs also have the lives of other people in their hands. I have experienced occupational injuries due to someone else’s drinking, therefore I have absolutely no problem with putting a stop to this - on the contrary.” Jens Christiansen, drug tester
Jens Christiansen is in civilian clothes and keeps to himself. Sometimes he is, however, ”discovered”: - Once, I was standing on the bridge on a ship together with the captain (not an A.P. Moller – Maersk ship, ed. ). He had just announced that samples were taken today. Then we saw three crew members jump overboard and run across the quay, says Jens Christiansen: - Nobody wants to take innocent people. Therefore, the tested person is given the benefit of the doubt but if we find a person under the influence, we act at once to help to ensure a safe workplace, says Christiansen. The sample is sent to the laboratory and the result is returned within a few days. We can test for both drugs and alcohol - and also pregnancy.
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”We still use a lot of energy to eliminate the prejudice that we are a finger-wagging team.” Peter Pedersen, Incident-Free Ambassador, Halfdan
Ambassadors keep the flag flying
For the second year, Halfdan Asset’s Incident-Free ambassadors contribute to keeping incidents away from the daily life on Halfdan.
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”It is important to define who we are and what we can do – and in particular, what we cannot do.” Anders Højrup, Incident-Free Ambassador, Halfdan
Halfdan’s Incident-Free ambassadors continue focusing on the human values and remind their colleagues that the starting point is always to get home safely. The ambassadors (14 persons in all) are spreading the simple message for the second year; even if last year it has proved that the effort of the ambassador team was seen in both the TRIF, injury/accident statistics and the amount of reporting, the need has not become minor. - New people are going offshore all the time, says Deputy Asset Manager Morten Dalgaard, and we need to talk to them: - When we tell them how we work, some persons are still sceptical. Some ask: ”Do you really mean this when it counts?” As long as the scepticism exists, it is necessary to prove that we actually mean this, he says. Not a safety representative
At the latest quarterly meeting, the ambassadors have tightened focus and the phrasing of assignment both in the years to come and in general. For example an Incident-Free day like the Global Safety Day shall be held, where Halfdan’s shutdown team will focus on Incident-Free and the ambassadors’ work. - During shutdown, 30 new persons will come offshore and it will be a good opportunity to talk with them about how we
work, says Peter Pedersen, ambassador. - Some persons consider the ambassadors as a kind of safety representatives. They are not. That is why we will focus on defining the assignment from now on, says Dalgaard. Increased visibility
The uncertainty about the ambassadors’ role has meant that some have reported to the ambassadors for getting help with issues which are not part of the ambassadors’ work. As an example, an SJA (safe job analysis) which ambassador Anders Højrup was asked to help with – even in another trade than he usually works with: - The tendency has been that we are used widely, he says: - Some think that the ambassador is a kind of all-round safety person and we are not. We will make an effort to explain that we work with human values and that we are good at this, says Højrup. To increase knowledge of the ambassadors’ field of work, the ambassadors have been a fixed item of the agenda for the safety meetings: - We have got a good mouthpiece and increased visibility that we focus on what we are doing. When you can see at the same time that it yields results, the respect increases, assesses ambassador Christina Klastrup.
Halfdan B has had no LTIs for more than 2 years.
Halfdan A has had no LTIs for more than 3 years
Halfdan A+B has had no recordable injuries for more than 6 months.
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Turn safe behaviour into natural behaviour Openness is one of the most important parts of Incident-Free and that we get to know each other even better, says Kim Finne – at the crane on Halfdan B-A..
Incident-Free helps to turn safe behaviour into natural behaviour.
”Preventing accidents. Considering everything you do. In the deck department on Halfdan we talk a lot about Incident-Free, almost every day. Now and then it gives rise to some really good discussions. At one of our morning meetings we talked about the upcoming storm and we agreed to inspect the platform once more to make sure that everything was ready to withstand the windy weather,” Kim says. ”This made us discuss to what extent it is possible to prevent accidents. How much
you can take into account in advance, how many precautions you can take. How important preventive inspections are. This led to awareness, use of personal protective equipment and what you can learn from others’ experiences/incidents; for instance from Synergi reports. One of the conclusions was that it is important to recognise the potential risks to be able to take those into account and thus prevent accidents from occurring. To me, such a free, open and unbiased debate is also part of Incident-Free and it helps to turn safe behaviour into natural behaviour - also at home. I think it is important to spend 10 minutes on such a discussion where everyone has the opportunity to advance his/her views,” says Kim, who has worked offshore since 2008. Being tapped on your shoulder
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a good dialogue about everything, it is much easier to tap a colleague on his/her shoulder and ask if it would not be a good idea to carry out the task differently. It is also easier to accept when someone taps your own shoulder. Both parties will feel more secure in this situation and will not regard this as a reprimand, but just as good advice from a good friend. When you have an open and more intimate relationship with each other, it is easier to say to your colleague or those you work with: ”I have just talked to my wife - and so and so – that is why I am not on the ball.” It gives the colleagues the opportunity to show consideration for you, to be a little more considerate or to make sure that you are going to work with something harmless that day,” says Kim.
Bjarne Nielsen shows pipes stick ing out of a scaffolding basket. Until now it has been a problem as the pipes often get stuck on a lift.
The scaffolding basket has been modified with a perforated sheet holding the pipes in place during the lift.
Thoughtfulness caused a new design of basket In 1810, the British businessman Peter Durand developed the can – but strangely enough, 48 years of trouble and hand injures passed before the American Ezra J. Warner invented the can opener which made it somewhat easier to get the contents out of the can.
Sometimes, it is like that with obvious solutions: You wonder why they have not been invented before. It is the same with the scaffolding basket offshore. Sure enough, it is not a new revolutionary technique in the can opener class that roustabout Bjarne Nielsen from the deck on Harald has suggested – but it is at least just as obvious.
potential before something happened, says Ebbesen. The report resulted in a change in the design and as of January, all new purchases have been modified with a perforated sheet holding the pipes in place during the lift, while it must be ensured that the baskets are heaviest at the bottom so they do not tilt. All other scaffolding baskets will be modified
gradually when their chains are to be replaced. Overall, the new design of the scaffolding baskets must be approved by DNV. - Bjarne’s solution shows that our employees have thoughtfulness and commitment. It is the Incident-Free mind-set, at its best – and I hope that this will inspire others to bring forward their good ideas, says Ebbesen.
That is what Hans Ebbesen thinks, production supervisor on Harald. - When lifting pipes in baskets, they quite often stick out at the risk of ”fishing” something on the way or are stuck. Bjarne has suggested a solution to prevent this, says Ebbesen. Expression of commitment
Through a Synergi report, the solution was handled as an ’opportunity for improvement’. - Usually, it happens on basis of an incident or a near-miss, therefore it is really good that we could identify the
”Bjarne’s solution shows that our employees have thoughtfulness and commitment. ” Hans Ebbesen, produktion supervisor on Harald.
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Looking after the environment
Matthieu Delefosse screens for environmental impacts prior to activity in the North Sea.
Producing oil and gas in the Danish North Sea demands a variety of analysis and evaluations and it is Matthieu Delefosse, Environment Advisor in the Chemistry and Environment department, who has the responsibility to describe the potential environmental impact before an activity is carried out. - The ecosystem in the Danish North Sea is resilient; however it is the policy of Maersk Oil to produce oil and gas in a sustainable way. We have to comply with Danish and EU legislation, and we also have an obligation to ourselves as an environmentally responsible company, Matthieu Delefosse says. Prior to a planned drilling of exploration wells or construction of new pipelines, an EIA-screening – Environmental Impact Assessment – is carried out. Screening is required for small projects such as exploration wells /pipeline. A full EIA is a more comprehensive work and covers project from “cradle to grave” such as construction of new facilities. - We have planned three new exploration wells this year, and they all get a separate EIA-screening. When we are drilling close to German waters for instance, we operate close to an EU protected area (Dogger
Bank), and this needs to be specifically addressed. We have to be well prepared and consider the risks and also have the ability to respond to an oil spill situation, says Matthieu Delefosse. Significant Impact
But assessing the environmental impact isn’t easy: - There are usually some uncertainties on projects when we prepare our assessment. But we have to consider all the aspects of the project. We use prior experience, best available techniques, latest scientific knowledge, and we always ask ourselves: What if. And if there are unknowns, we generally take the worst case scenario, says Matthieu Delefosse. It is his experience that his colleagues care about the environment: - Absolutely. We want the environment to be a part of the projects right from the start. When we look at projects from a technical or economical view, we are also taking the environment into consideration. And I meet a lot of genuine interest for the environmental impacts among my colleagues, says Matthieu Delefosse. Spotting marine mammals
When we add a 3D structure to an otherwise barren area, it means a new habitat for some animals to grow on. - There are quite a lot of fish near the platforms. The production platforms create an ecosystem of their own which attract fish and protected species of marine mammals.
- Minke whales, seals and harbor porpoiseare reported when spotted offshore. Thereby, we are getting a better understanding of what species are present out there.
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He fell. He was only one and a half meters off the ground. But he fell on a branch, hurting him in a very delicate area.
the need to know how to respond in case anything goes wrong, John says.
- There was quite a lot of bruising and there was quite a lot of blood. I needed help, John says.
- I’ve reflected a lot about it. I consider myself a reasonably fit person who does not take undue risks. And yet I climbed into those trees - wearing shoes maybe unfit for the task. I understood the risk of working with sharp hand tools – I managed that risk. Did I risk asses the overall task? Did I think it through? No, not adequately. We have to understand the risks, and we have to acknowledge our own vulnerability, John says:
Maersk Oil is actively engaged in a marine mammal monitoring programme. - Minke whales, seals and harbour porpoiseare reported when spotted offshore. Thereby, we are getting a better understanding of what species are present out there. In parallel, we monitor in very high details harbour porpoise and noise around platforms. There is a public concern that noise generated from production activities might have an impact on marine mammals. We know that whales use sound to locate and catch fish, but our preliminary results suggest that whales thrive near the platforms anyway, says Matthieu Delefosse. This knowledge will make our future assessment of the environmental impacts more accurate and decisions about mitigation measure better adapted, says Matthieu Delefosse.
But John Mossman’s sister in law and brother in law had only lived on the farm for three months. They didn’t have a doctor to go to. They had no idea where the hospital was and it was not clear what sort of first aid was necessary. But it was clear that help was needed. John Mossman’s brother in law, who speaks Italian (thank goodness), called the neighbor on a farm two kilometers away explaining that they’d had an accident and needed to see a doctor. - Somehow the emergency of the situation failed to register with the neighbor who then drove two kilometers to see us to discuss the situation. When he eventually got to us there was a lengthy discussion and he directed us to the nearest hospital half an hour’s drive away, John says. When they got there, the doctors who saw John Mossman concluded that there was a need for a scan to see the extent of the injury. That scan was only possible at another hospital – an hour’s drive away in the opposite direction. - When I got there, more than two hours after the accident, I was beginning to feel pretty weak. Eventually I had the scan and then, a couple of days later, an operation. The doctors said one of the cuts from the injury had missed my main leg artery by ten millimeters, John says. Embarrassed
- The ecosystem in the Danish North Sea is resilient; however it is the policy of Maersk Oil to produce oil and gas in a sustainable way. Matthieu Delefosse, Environment Advisor in the Chemistry and Environment department
He stayed in hospital for eight days, and was off work for a total of three weeks. He still carries a bruise even now, several months after the accident. He’s had a lot of time to think. - After the incident, I had a good talk with my sister and brother in law. About risk assessment, communication, introduction to the work… about having a first aid kit handy! I also introduced them to tool box talks, and I spoke to them about intervention. Also about
He also thought a lot about his own share in what happened.
- It is very embarrassing to me: my work is all about safety – and I fell from a tree. It was a situation that could have been life threatening. Even though I was only 1.5 meters off the ground, he says. Acknowledge vulnerability
He decided to park his embarrassment and tell his story. - I would very much hope that my story could inspire others to come forward and tell their own stories. We all have incidents; we have all done foolish things. Let’s share them and learn about our own vulnerability. No matter how foolish we have been, let’s make this a learning experience, John says. He also hopes it will make people reflect on all the things we do every day, where we might forget to stop and think twice, to risk asses, to acknowledge our vulnerability. - But I should have understood the risks I took and prepared myself better. So should others. We need to be aware. We need to risk assess before a task, and we need to be prepared to respond, should something happen. When these things happen, you are in a state of panic. Being prepared makes a lot of difference. Would it take a big effort to take time out to know where the hospitals are in the area when you are on vacation? Would it take much time to make sure you had the right health insurance-card in your wallet? Could you fit a first aid kit into your luggage? We need to be aware. Not just on the job, but also when we are at home or on holiday with our family, John says. Safety news JUNI 2014 33
Hectic activity on the water There are quite a lot of vessels working for Maersk Oil during this summer when Structures and Pipelines Department are busy with inspections and new projects. You cannot yet walk dryshod to England from boat to boat, which some claimed was possible in the golden age of fishing - but Structures and Pipelines Dept. do what they can to have quite a lot of vessels in the North Sea this summer. The department has a lot of activities now where the relatively calm
waters of summer are used to carry out many planned tasks. - The activity is at a high level as we have both periodic tasks and special projects, says Troels FĂ¸gh SĂ¸rensen, Head of Structures and Pipelines. In the period from April to November, the department has more than
ten vessels from various contractors and there are many tasks to carry out. The activities cover various types of tasks - both maintenance and inspection of structures and pipelines and new tasks such as preparation for a new pipeline from Valdemar via Roar to the Tyra East and Tyra SE Development project, as an example.
The following are the seven largest campaigns on or below surface of the sea for Structures and Pipelines in 2014: Planned underwater inspection of structures and pipelines with underwater robots (ROV) to ensure the overall integrity. ROVs can make only very limited repairs. More detailed diving operations on fixed installations for inspection of structures and pipelines to ensure the overall integrity. Project work - route survey of the seabed for obstructions on the planned route for the pipeline for the Valdemar Roar gas lift project. Primarily, route survey is carried out to change the route if major obstructions are identified, or alternatively minor obstructions on the planned route are removed.
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Installation of pipelines on the seabed from Valdemar A via Valdemar BA via Roar to Tyra East. Connection of a pipeline to the platforms for Tyra SE Development Project with diving vessel. In addition, protection of the pipeline close to the platform (protection against any loss of containers). Rock dumping campaign. At places where the pipeline cannot be buried far enough under the seabed, a pile of rocks will be placed on top to hold the pipeline in place. Ad hoc tasks already planned and tasks which turn up along the way. Some of the tasks which are already known, are exchange of a fender on Tyra East as it is placed too low due to sinking of Tyra East (subsidence).
- During the inspection, we may discover other tasks we have to handle. It is either something we must repair immediately or tasks we can justify to include in next year’s inspection program, says Troels Føgh Sørensen. Safety in focus
Common to all the tasks is that they are carried out by specialised contractors. The tasks are carried out from vessels with rather large crews. - There are between 70 and 300 persons on board the different vessels and they work in two shifts around the clock. So it is a very large manning in the period, says Troels. An important element prior to the operations has thus been to ensure that all these contractors are working on basis of the Incident-Free philosophy:
- All contractors have gone through Incident-Free sessions which either we or the HSE Department has held. It is a big task as the vessels sail to and from various jobs, and we have to get in touch with many people - but we have prioritised the task and have ensured to the extent possible that everyone has got the message, says Troels: - It is vital to our success that our opinion of safe work makes an impact. We shall not only ‘just’ want safety via a tick in a contract or a statistical exercise presented in PowerPoint; we must deliver the message that we must take care of ourselves and others and that success is when the crew signs off in the same or better state than when they muster. Therefore, we ourselves give the message so that they can see that we actually mean it and insist on it, he says.
”All contractors have gone through Incident-Free sessions which either we or the HSE has held”. Troels Føgh Sørensen, Head of Structures and Pipelines.
Busyness also above water In addition to all the inspections under water, there is also lots of work to do above water for Structures and Pipelines. Some of the tasks will take place during the upcoming shutdown. - We will be involved during inspection of the flare towers where we need to work through rope access. During shutdown, there is a struggle for beds offshore so the part of our inspections which might just as well be carried out when the installations are in production mode, are planned outside the summer shutdown, says Troels Føgh Sørensen.
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In future, these five colleagues are going to strengthen safety work and increase visibility of HSE offshore From the left : Kåre Sandevad-Pedersen Visti Baldur Hansen Yaiza Peraza Allan Collins Bjarke Skipper
Team to strengthen safety further ”An ounce of preparation is better than a pound of cure”.
With those words, Jonathan Smith, HSE Director, welcomed five new HSE colleagues. Their primary task is to strengthen the safety work offshore.
In addition, Head of Production Support Kenneth Thiim made comments on the work which the five employees are now facing:
The five persons are members of an expert team that is meant to increase the visibility of HSE’s work and they will have to navigate between HSE onshore and foremen, supervisors and management offshore.
- When I worked offshore, production was our focus point. As soon as we had an incident, we hurried up to get the production started again. This attitude has been changed a lot, but there are still people who stick to production rather than safety. I hope that you can contribute to the
- You are facing a difficult task. You are neither safety police officers who scold everyone nor point fingers at everyone, nor safety representatives whom everyone can blame. You will have to be close enough to get the necessary information – and at the same time keep the distance enabling you to put your foot down and say stop. The key for success will be if you can find the right balance, said Smith.
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continued cultural change, said Thiim. The objective of the new team is that safety is set much higher on the agenda offshore, e.g. by carrying out and assisting in Topset and Blackbox investigations and assisting with toolbox talks and risk assessments. The five HSE Superintendents are Visti Baldur Hansen, Kåre Sandevad-Pedersen, Yaiza Peraza, Bjarke Skipper and Allan Collins.
”The five persons are members of an expert team that is meant to increase the visibility of HSE’s work offshore.” Jonathan Smith, Director of the HSE Department.
Winner of photo contest Winner of the photo contest in Safety News... and an Ipad.
Resently I visited
The winner of the photo competition in SafetyNews 1/2014 is Frank Christian Hüttmann, QC-Paint Inspector at Tyra East. Here is what he wrote about his pictures: The winner of the photo competition in SafetyNews 1/2014 is Frank Christian Hüttmann, QC-Paint Inspector at Tyra East. Here is what he wrote about his pictures: I have an exciting job where we go everywhere, also where most people normally do not go (in the middle of impassable modules etc.). We register all pipes (also super duplex) and painted structure in a computer programme in order for others, when we are finished, to be able to track their state and thereby schedule maintenance and prevent that hidden pipes are overlooked. This increases both process safety and personal safety not only directly but also indirectly. Recently I visited Valdemar AA. Here I went up to a deck for a satellite dish. The access way is also the escape route. The bar/back scratchers themselves were much corroded, and I also saw that the grating was not good-looking but I thought that it was okay for me to place myself over the beam where things were not that bad looking. I took the pictures I needed and set corrosion values for everything ex-
cept the grating as it is not part of the painters’ job. On my way down I looked at the grating again to see how bad it looked, and I checked the strength with my knife. I was shocked to find out that the knife penetrated the grating without me having to force it. After I came down I found out that the back side was really bad which I did not see on my way up. So sometimes you have to remember to see both sides of the question! We immediately roped off the access way and I reported it in Synergi so action would be taken. Of course we are all responsible for our own safety. But my opinion is that no matter what our job is out here, we can all do something to improve safety for each other and for our company.
Frank has received his prize, an Ipad. We thank the other people who contributed to our photo competition
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N ews in brie f
Global Management System (GMS): transparency and overview By using GMS in a structured way to pass on the information we have about our processes, we create a common language and a foundation for communication of the processes, who performs them and how they are performed, says the new manager of the GMS division in Maersk Oil DBU. out in DBU today. I shall be involved in developing this work, says Olga. It is a good idea. Because there is great potential in doing this, says Olga:
First day on a production platform It is with great pleasure that we can inform you that Maersk Oil has won second prize in the 2014 Telly Awards in the category ”Employee Communications”. The film can be seen via the link below. The film has been produced by Construction Department and HSEQ. The film can be found at HSEQ’s website under safety videos.
Deadline on the next number of Safety News is 20. august 2014.
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Olga Ragna Johnsen comes from Iceland. She is 41 years, has two children and lives in Kolding.
Olga Ragna Johnsen is a new colleague in the HSE Department where she is the manager of the GMS division. One of her tasks will be to bring GMS to the next level for better application of the system: - Today, DBU has about 2200 documents in GMS. It is a large amount of information but as there is no consistent system in the information, it causes chaos, says Olga. - A system like GMS can handle many things; the first task is thus to implement structure and some rules which make sense in relation to how we want to use the system. When structure and rules are in place, we can start describing the processes being carried
- When GMS has been improved with all the know-how we have about our processes, we have got a stable foundation, a common communication platform and a common language which makes it easier for us to share knowledge, optimise our way of working and increase understanding of how the strategies and goals, determined by the management, become reality by implementing our processes, she says. Olga has worked with processes, change management and GMS systems during the last 13 years; hereof the last 3 years at LEGO. She likes simple and practical solutions which work for those who shall use them, and emphasises that processes are described and driven by the people who perform them. She thinks that the position of her function in an HSE department is optimal in relation to the work to be performed. - Here at Maersk Oil, we have decided to become Incident-Free. A common communication platform, good transparency and a common language when it comes to performing our work, are some of the things which help to ensure success in the field. It makes good sense that GMS is rooted in the HSE Department because it helps to ensure that safety is incorporated into all our process work.
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• Halfdan A
07.03.14 3 Y
• Esvagt Echo
20.03.14 2 Y
• Drilling Department
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Drilling Department Two years without LTI’s Drilling Department and the drilling rigs passed two years without LTI’s on 5th April 2014. The milestone was celebrated at Oslo Plads where cake and Asti was served.
Harald fifteen years uden without LTI’s On 4th May 2014 Harald reached a very impressive milestone of 15 years without LTI’s. Because Harald is such a small place they are used to looking after each other and this is the result. Now it’s been fifteen years these guys have been looking after each other and we should consider them an example when it comes to that because the result proves the point. The plaque had not been handed over by deadline but we expect to have a photo in the next issue of SafetyNews.
Halfdan A three years without LTI’s On 7th May 2014 Halfdan A reached three years without LTI’s. Here the plaque is handed over to the crew.
The columns show the year-to-date frequency (Number pr 1 mill workhours) of Lost Time Injuries (LTI), restricted work day cases (RWDC) and medical treatment cases (MTC) respectively. The top of the three columns show the frequencies of the total number of accidents (TRIF).
YTD TRIF - Danish Business Unit
Published by: HSEQ, Esbjerg
Editor: Jonathan Smith Editorial staff: Conny Villadsen Kenneth Dielemans
Layout: Marianne Friis Nielsen
Safety news JUNI 2014 39
MY safety story
Safety man fell out of a tree Director of Process Safety John Mossman went on a working holiday with his family in Italy. He ended up in hospital after falling from a tree. Here is a personal story about vulnerability. There are lessons for all of us.
For Director of Process Safety John Mossman a question came to mind, as he lay in an Italian hospital for eight days after falling out of an olive tree while on holiday. ‘How foolish can a person be with my job, without losing all credibility?’ Not as in ’am I going to lose my job’, but very much as in ‘is it possible for me to talk passionately about safety after this – and will people listen?’ Part of the answer lies in the fact that ‘safety is not only something we need think about at work’.
- My sister in law and brother in law are citypeople. So am I to some extent – neither of us having any special skills or qualifications for heavy farming. And a farm is a place where you have a lot of risks, John says. One of the tasks for the visiting guests was to prune the olive trees. They had been unattended for years so it was quite difficult to access them via a ladder. The trees were not tall, and John Mossman was very careful whilst climbing the tree. He made sure that the saw and pruning shears were not in his hands whilst climbing – but the accident came from another risk: - I had brought my walking boots, and as it turned out, they were not good for tree climbing, John says. I was pruning the third tree, all had been going well but then my foot slipped.
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John Mossman’s sister in law and brother in law bought an old farm in rural Italy early this year. They invited John and his wife to come see it and help out for a working holiday.
”it might be a good idea to know what you are going to do if you have an accident in your vacation.”
The farm is a ‘rustico’; placed in the middle of nowhere. There is some land and an olive
John Mossman, Director of Process Safety
Fell from a tree
grove which sounds idyllic – but there are lots of mechanical equipment and tasks which bring a lot of risk.
If you or your loved ones have a story you would like to share and believe there is a learning experience for us all, we invite you to contact us. Any story with the topic of personal relationship to Incident-Free and our safety commitments will be much appreciated. Finally it is worth mentioning that we will have a prize for the colleague whose story we bring.