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Thorogood: Incident investigations must look beyond surface into human, organizational factors

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The industry tends to stop accident investigations before true root causes have been revealed, John Thorogood, Drilling Engineering Advisor for Drilling Global Consultant, said at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 23 September. In this video interview conducted at the conference, Mr Thorogood urges the industry to go beyond loose descriptors such as complacent or incompetent that put the blame on individual employees and instead look further at human and organizational factors around an incident. Click below to view the video.

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Lessons from US Nuclear Navy to achieve zero incidents


The US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) has achieved more than 151 million manhours and 6500 reactor years of operations with zero nuclear accidents. This shows that zero incidents is possible, but only within a high-reliability industry. In this video from the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 23 September in Amsterdam, Owen Honors, Client Manager for Check-6, provides an overview of the NNPP and discusses potential lessons for the drilling industry.

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HSE&T Corner: From sage on the stage to guide on the side: Flipped classroom approach can turn well control training delivery into a more active learning experience

Speaking at the 2015 IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas on 25 August in Galveston, Texas, Michael Arnold with Intertek Industry Services explained how modern well control training should be designed according to adult learning theory, with the goal of creating a more active learning environment for students.

Traditional well control training has often employed a pedagogical approach in which an expert lectures students on his or her knowledge, creating a passive, rather than active, learning environment. “It places students in a submissive role that requires that students obey teachers, and it’s based on the assumption that students only need to know what the teacher tells them,” Michael Arnold, General Manager of Intertek Industry Services, said at the 2015 IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas in Galveston, Texas, on 25 August.

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