OUR GREAT MINDS

    by Tina Olivero

    THE OGM SAFETY AWARD WINNERS

    THE WINNERS ARE:
    TECHMATION ELECTRIC & CONTROLS,
    STEP ENERGY SERVICES,
    CROSBIE SALAMIS LTD,
    COUGAR HELICOPTERS,

    THE OGM SAFETY RESULTS AWARD WINNER:
    Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd.

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    Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. provides a complete range of electrical and instrumentation services throughout Western Canada. Techmation is committed to achieving stellar performance and giving value to their customers while providing a safe and stimulating work environment for all employees. They achieve this by delivering on the highest standards of construction, maintenance, and workmanship.

    Derek Polsfut, President of Techmation, says, “We’ve built up a strong safety culture by empowering all of our personnel, from our senior management, front line supervision, to all of our field techs to actively participate in all of our safety programs. Effective communication is an integral part of our safety culture. Most incidents are due in part, to high-risk behaviours, so our goal is to create a safety culture where our employees feel empowered, and comfortable sharing safety-related feedback with their coworkers.”

    Dan Hataway, Corporate HSE Manager, says, “Providing a safe and challenging team-work environment where we can partner up with our employees and clients is imperative. We learn and grow as a team, to fulfil our responsibilities to our communities and the protection of the environment, maintaining our focus on perpetual improvements and innovation of products, services, and related technologies.”

    There are key factors that attribute to the organizational success that Techmation has achieved with safety. One of those keys is that they have developed an interdependent culture. Techmation has teams of employees that take ownership for safety and assume responsibility for themselves and others. A second key factor is that Techmation has matured their interdependent safety culture and performance is truly sustainable, with incident and injury rates approaching zero. The staff are educated and empowered to take action in any matters related to health, safety, environment, quality or service.

    Dan Hathaway says, “Our staff does not accept low standards or at-risk behaviours. Techmation’s management understands that improvement happens as team and that zero incidents are truly an attainable goal. Techmation’s culture builds teams that support and challenge each other. Techmation overall realises significant organizational benefits from having such a mature safety culture. It allows us to produce high-quality products and services, obtain greater productivity, and be an industry-leading safety performance provider as we grow.”

    Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. has engineered safety into all operations within the business. In doing so, they have achieved significant safety results. A Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) rate of 0.29 for 2016 and 0.36 rolling 12 months is industry leading. With absolute safety commitment from all 1000+ employees in the organization Techmation Electric & Controls has been recognized over the last three years for the following additional safety awards:

    2015 Silver Finalist in Canada’s Safest Employer – Best Health and Safety Culture amongst all Industries

    2015 Canada’s Best Managed – Gold Standard Award

    2015 Cenovus Safety and Environmental Stewardship Award

    2014 Gold Standard Winner for Canada’s Safest Employer in the Oil and Gas Industry

    2014 Partnerships in Injury Reduction

    2014 Best Managed Requalification Award

    2014 Saskatchewan Certificate of Achievement

    2013 Partnerships in Injury Reduction

    2013 Best Managed Requalification Award

    2013 Partnerships in Injury Reduction

    2013 ITA Certificate of Recognition

    Now they can add The OGM SAFETY RESULTS Award to their list of great successes. Congratulations to the Techmation team. You have set the bar for all of us, and we look forward to having an energy industry that attains and maintains results like this.


    THE OGM SAFETY RECORD AWARD WINNER:
    STEP ENERGY SERVICES

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    STEP ENERGY SERVICES

    Too often safety is sacrificed to satisfy the demands of clients, operations, or management, putting employees in potentially risky or dangerous situations but not at STEP Energy Services Ltd. (STEP). STEP’s business is rooted in four core values; safety, trust, execution, and possibilities. These are the values that provide strong cultural and behavioural foundations for its professionals. By purposeful design, safety sits at the forefront of their operations.

    SAFETY RECORD

    On Thursday, August 11, 2016, STEP logged 365 days without a recordable incident, bringing its 12-month rolling Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) to zero.

    “A year ago we set out a goal to be at a zero TRIF,” said Steve Glanville, chief operating officer. “Today I am proud to say that with the collective mindset of ‘Goal Zero’ we accomplished just that, and together we will celebrate this very meaningful milestone.”

    “As our first and most important core value, safety is a priority in and out of the field for the protection and benefit of both STEP’s professionals and clients. A zero-TRIF score is not often reached by industry, let alone a company that has experienced tremendous growth and recruitment in a short period of time. This record accomplishment is an endorsement of STEP’s laser-beam focus on its culture of safety.”

    STEP also recognizes the “Goal Zero” success its US team has accomplished. Field operations started May 2015 and since then, the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) has remained 0.00 throughout with no reportable injuries.

    SAFETY INNOVATION

    STEP has integrated a rigorous auditing process to ensure it complies with industry standards and is the contractor of choice in the deep horizontal well market. External third-party audits and internal assessments are conducted to ensure that regulations and legislated standards are met. These audits also serve as a tool to continuously improve its safety programs.

    STEP’s HSE policies comply with the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program, ISNetworld, and other legislated requirements in Western Canada. In December 2015, STEP achieved its three-year Certificate of Recognition Health and Safety Program audit endorsement for Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan operations with an audit score of 96%.

    “Receiving this score is a testament to the discipline Chris Kirby, director of HSE, and his team maintain within our systems and processes,” says Regan Davis, CEO. “It is their tireless efforts which ensure every professional in our organization has the knowledge and support to achieve these exceptional outcomes”.

    CULTURE OF SAFETY

    STEP believes safety is no accident. Its dedication to the safety of its professionals is apparent in the field, office and home: professionals have the right and are encouraged to say no to any unsafe practice, and are reminded this includes their personal safety at home. STEP builds this culture by honing in on its core values at every stage of the hiring, onboarding, training, and development process. Professionals are continuously reminded of the role the core values play in their roles; professionals are to watch out for themselves and the safety of one another. A commitment to a strong safety culture provides a safe work environment that rewards safe practices and promotes success.

    ASAP: ALWAYS SAFE, ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL

    This year, STEP launched an internal safety campaign to its professionals and their families; Always Safe, Always Professional (ASAP). The acronym, which is commonly used to imply urgency and immediacy, is a purposeful reminder for STEP professionals to take a moment and stay safety minded, always. Whether it’s at home or at work, on the lake or on the road, STEP wants its professionals and their families to always keep safety at the forefront.

    SAFETY AWARDS

    TOP SAFETY CULTURE AWARD

    STEP’s outstanding commitment to safety, professional excellence, and core values has been recognized by the Top Safety Culture Awards for both 2014 and 2015. The Top Safety Cultures™ awards program is intended to promote safer workplaces and enhanced organizational cultures for employees, their family members, and their communities across Canada. STEP scored higher than the industry average in every category: Employee Feedback, Safety Practices, and Safety Incidents, again solidifying STEP as a leader in safety in the workplace.

    OGM SAFETY AWARD – SAFETY RECORD

    STEP is proud to add the OGM SAFETY RESULTS Award to its list of prestigious safety acknowledgements. STEP thanks the OGM for its recognition and congratulates its fellow 2016 category recipients. STEP would also like to thank its entire team of office and field professionals for their dedication to a safe work environment; your commitment to safe practices, policies, procedures, and keeping a watchful eye on fellow coworkers is admirable and at a level the entire industry can look up to. Thank you!

    Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, STEP Energy Services Ltd. is a privately owned, technically focused, oilfield service company providing specialized pressure pumping services to the deep, horizontal well market in Western Canada, and the Eagle Ford Shale Play and Permian Basin in Texas.


    THE OGM SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD WINNER:
    CROSBIE SALAMIS LTD.

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    Crosbie Salamis Limited (CSL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosbie Group Limited, a 5th generation family-owned business with head offices located in St. John’s, NL. Established in 1995, CSL provides fabric maintenance and related services to the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry. CSL employs in excess of 275 offshore personnel in various trades and approximately 40 onshore employees to support our clients’ needs. CSL has developed an innovative, comprehensive, and Certificate of Recognition (COR) certified safety program over the last 19 years. CSL’s program is consistently evolving and continuously improving to ensure it is aligned with current industry safety trends and best practices.

    CSL employs in excess of 275 offshore personnel in various trades and approximately 40 onshore employees to support our clients’ needs. CSL has developed an innovative, comprehensive, and Certificate of Recognition (COR) certified safety program over the last 19 years. CSL’s program is consistently evolving and continuously improving to ensure it is aligned with current industry safety trends and best practices.

    CSL Safety Awareness Campaign Each year, CSL develops a company safety theme and campaign. This year the theme is “Think S.M.A.R.T, before you S.T.A.R.T.” An injury and accident-free workplace is the goal – employees at every level of the organization, both offshore and onshore, are accountable for safety and for participating in CSL safety initiatives. CSL communicates company safety messages clearly, and outlines objectives for frontline managers and supervisors in a dynamic and educational manner. This year, CSL’s ‘START SMART’ campaign includes Rotating Safety Focuses (6 week duration), Visible Materials (banners, posters, t-shirts and hard hat decals), and Monthly Safety Focus Objectives.

    CSL Heliport Visit Program Also unique to CSL is its Heliport Visit Program in which CSL Management, HSEQ and Operations team’s representatives make weekly leadership visits to the Heliport, 52 weeks a year. One of the primary goals of these visits is to motivate and encourage offshore workers to work safely, while also developing and nurturing relationships between onshore and offshore personnel. The visits provide for management and staff to have face-to-face, interactive conversations with our offshore personnel on important issues, including but not limited to safety, scopes of work, etc. while gaining insight into workers’ concerns and knowledge. This program has proven to be very rewarding for everyone involved, and has grown to become a key enabler of staff engagement, and demonstrates a philosophy of actively caring for all workers. CSL recognizes the importance of cultivating a strong safety culture and is continuously working with its employees, sub-contractors, and clients to improve the health and safety performance of its operations. The goal is, and always will be an injury and accident free workplace. CSL strive to accomplish their goals through continuous safety and loss control efforts. They have achieved a company TRIF of 0.36, across all offshore installations, through the continuous improvement and advancement of our suite of safety programs and initiatives, affecting the lives of all workers, onshore and offshore. CSL is a safety leader in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry and an innovator in programs and initiatives that make the difference.

    The goal is, and always will be an injury and accident-free workplace. CSL strive to accomplish their goals through continuous safety and loss control efforts. They have achieved a company TRIF of 0.36, across all offshore installations, through the continuous improvement and advancement of our suite of safety programs and initiatives, affecting the lives of all workers, onshore and offshore. CSL is a safety leader in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry and an innovator in programs and initiatives that make the difference.


    THE OGM SAFETY RECORD AWARD WINNER:
    OPERATING IN A HARSH ENVIRONMENT COUGAR HELICOPTERS LTD.

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    Cougar Helicopters has been providing transportation to the oil and gas industry since 1990. Headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the company currently operates a fleet of eight Sikorsky S92 aircraft. Cougar’s business of offshore helicopter transportation, medevac services and search & rescue (SAR) operations is conducted in the midst of some of the world’s most consistently challenging harsh environments. On an annual basis, Cougar safely completes approximately 8,000 flying hours representing 2600 trips offshore to move approximately 45,000 passengers to their place of employment and return trip home.

    The Cougar Helicopters management and workforce team is steadfast in its unwavering commitment to excellence in service delivery and operational safety. Will Jacobs, Safety & Quality Manager said: “We recognize that in order to achieve our performance and safety goals, we can never assume that success is assured by simply having a safety program guided and executed by a series of policy and procedures manuals with a belief that if you follow the written word all will be okay”. Working with the understanding that safety performance is paramount and you do not always get a second chance to do it right, compels Cougar Helicopters to ensure that safety management is always its first priority, it is never ad hoc and is executed using a professional, comprehensive, actively managed yet workable Safety Management System (SMS).

    Unlike most organizations where the management team is charged with the responsibility of keeping its workforce safe, Cougar Helicopters also has the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of its travelling passengers. To achieve its safety goals, Cougar management recognizes the importance of a strong safety culture to underpin all facets of the SMS. Cougar’s managers and supervisors are accountable for providing a performance focused environment underscored by uncompromised safety leadership in all areas of work and operations – every shift of every work day. Through company and industry best practices, the application of a sound risk management program by a trained and experienced workforce delivers the required strong safety performance.

    Safety performance at Cougar involves the integration of several traditional safety management tools and techniques with new and innovative technologies such as the onboard Sikorsky S-92 Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM). With HUMS downloads carried out after every flight, Cougar Helicopters is at the forefront of aircraft monitoring with installed technologies that allow us to continuously track and assess system health and complete preventative maintenance that ensures that the aircraft are operating at optimum performance. The HFDM allows us to review our daily performance with a critical eye to ensure that company safety standards and standard operating procedures are adhered to at all times. A commercial airline standard in North America, Cougar was the first rotary wing operator to implement a Transport Canada Type B co-authority flight dispatch system, thereby providing another layer of safety in its operations.

    While Cougar has used flight simulators since its inception, in recent years, the company has implemented a more intense SIM training program for all its flight crew by conducting offshore installation landing and take-off training at night in a simulator up to four times per year. This by far surpasses the industry requirement of once annually. JJ Gerber, Operations Service Manager said: “It is our belief that regular simulator training exposure enhances skill, provides the opportunity to correct minor issues prior to them becoming bigger issues and keeps all pilots closer to the ideal standard operating procedures”. Safety forms the core of the company’s Mission Statement: In support of current ventures, and while continuously seeking new business opportunities, Cougar Helicopters Inc. adheres to the highest principles of safety and efficiency, exceeding industry standards and expectations for the safe transportation of passengers and the conduct of search and rescue operations.

    Hank Williams, Cougar’s Chief Operating Officer told OGM “Our high level of safety performance reflects a strong team effort involving each and every employee at Cougar Helicopters. Working within a safety management system, Cougar has fostered a safety culture that reflects a set of enduring values and attitudes regarding safety – this is shared by every team member at every level of our organization.”

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