Even with the latest technology, one can still not put 100% trust on machines. Everything always fails at some point and when they do, there are always some negative effects that are felt.
This is why working at an offshore oil rig is sometimes considered to be among the dangerous jobs. Even when operating under better conditions, accidents can still occur.
This is the main reason why most companies always emphasize on safety. However, fatality rates in the rigs have reduced greatly as people have become more careful while at work.
Since you cannot get rid of these problems completely, you can use these tips below to stay safe and prevent them from occurring more often.
- Safety-first mindset
You should be fully aware that working in an oil rig can become dangerous sometimes. That’s why it is advised that all those working in the rigs to have workplace safety as their top priority at all times.
As a manager, you should be responsible in reminding people on how important it is to keep a work environment that is safe. This includes making sure they follow all the safety regulations and keep alert for any possible dangers.
Make sure as a manager, you also follow the safety rules. It will be easier for other people to do the same if they see their leader doing it.
- Proper orientation
As simple as this might sound, it is always important that all the new workers be taken through a proper orientation process.
This should be done before allowing them to even step on the floors of the rig. Taking the new workers through this process will help them to familiarize themselves with the company.
They will also learn about the operational policies of the rigs, the expectations among other rules and regulations. This contributes towards having a safe environment to work in.
- Consistent training
After the orientation, training should be the next thing. In some companies, the new employees will only receive training once and that’s it.
This should not be the case as training should be an ongoing process. This includes training on the equipment and machineries being used around. You can also use this time to show them the safety procedures too.
If you consistently offer to train your employees it will show that you are committed to the safety of the company. It is also a great way of making your employees to have a safety oriented mindset.
- Consistent Housekeeping
Just like you would have done at home, you also need to keep the pathways, work areas and the floors clear of any unnecessary items.
This helps in reducing the chance of accidents occurring as a result of trips or falls. This should be done both at the work place and back at the offshore oil rig living quarters.
Also, remember to always clean up any drilling fluids that may have dripped on the floor as the work was going on.
You can also ensure that a there is a proper signage display to help the employees to safety in case of any hazards.
- Machine maintenance
Remember when we said earlier that failure in machines might lead to some problems? Well, this is why the machines should be taken care of by doing regular maintenance on them.
Neglecting your machines could lead to premature failure which can also put you in danger. This also gives you time to replace the damaged parts completely. If you fail to do so, you will only be putting your fellow workers at great risk.
This is unnecessary and also irresponsible. You need to make sure the machines being used are in top shape to promote a safe work environment.
If you are told to choose between anything and life, most definitely life will be your pick right? This is why you need to protect it at all costs.
It is a gift that should be well taken care off. If we work in a safe environment our safety is also guaranteed. There are many other safety tips you can use to ensure safety in a rig.
Having a safe working environment also motivates the employees as they will be working with no worries or any stress about their safety.