Maybe the most important thing to learn about safety is that it’s a team effort. If one person makes a safety mistake, other team members are at risk, even if those others are doing everything right.
In other words, on the job site, you are indeed your brother’s (and sister’s) keeper.
Safety involves training, reinforcement and engineering to reduce hazards.
Training starts from the first minute of the first day of employment. There’s a reason for that: Research shows that workers under the age of 25 are more likely to be injured on the job in their first month on the job. These first time and new team members are five times more likely to be hurt during this phase.
What the study doesn’t say is how many of them make mistakes that lead to job delays, equipment damage or—worst case—injuries to others besides themselves.
We know that these are good employees, eager to learn, and work hard. But they may be in a new environment. They may not understand safety policies and procedures for this job. They want to impress, so they may not speak up if they have a question.
As a co-worker, you can recognize this fact and help guide these new team members. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that they know or have a full understanding of best safety practices on the job.
Reinforcement happens two ways—formally and informally. We hold formal safety meetings at regular intervals, where we discuss safety issues. But sometimes the tendency from there is for everyone to forget about safety.
So we encourage everyone to make it part of your conversation. Don’t take safety measures for granted, especially around newbies. Talk about the whys and the potential dangers. People are more likely to comply when they understand the need. Ask questions of the new people to make sure they heard and understood what you said. Set a good example by always wearing proper safety gear.
But we realize that safety also involves the larger management picture. As we expand our automation capabilities through Zedi Automation as a Service (ZAaaS) we’re fully aware that its benefits extend beyond efficiencies and production boosts.
Reducing trips to the well sites boosts road safety. If you’ve ever driven an oilfield road, you know exactly what that means. ZAaaS is reducing these trips by the thousands every month.
There’s more to the safety aspect of automation—monitoring pumps, line pressures, tank levels and more can prevent dangerous spills, fumes and cleanups. This keeps sites cleaner and safer for everyone who does have to be there.
Even with the best automation and training, your personal leadership and education is what really make the difference.