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Low-force shear adds value to today’s BOPs

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, March/April, The Efficient Rig

With the increased use of stronger and tougher tubulars in today’s well construction, the ability to shear in the blowout preventer (BOP) without turning to larger operators is an…

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Shell pushes for more testing of rotating control devices

Posted on 04 March 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News, The Efficient Rig

“I think there’s going to be a lot of testing and a new wave of development of rotating control heads,” David Elliott of Shell said during a presentation at the…

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HSE Corner: How to gain the upper hand in finger, hand safety: 10 tips from the industry

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Hand and finger injuries lead the industry’s recordable incidence rates every year. Data from IADC’s 2009 Incident Statistics Program (ISP) indicate that 34% of recordable incidents…

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For sustainable safety, leaders must do more coaching, less policing

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Working only to obey the rules and wear PPE typically creates minimal-effort safety cultures without proactive employees…

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Study: Employees intervene in only 2 of 5 observed unsafe acts

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Survey respondents say they often choose not to intervene because they do not believe they can do so effectively…

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How to ensure H2S safety on offshore rigs

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, January/February

Putting in place OSHA-compliant sour-gas preparedness program demands early, comprehensive planning. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a toxic, flammable and corrosive gas often encountered during hydrocarbon exploration and production. A byproduct of the decay of protein-containing substances…

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Quantitative ranking system links fracturing fluid performance with environmental stewardship

Posted on 15 December 2010 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

By qualifying fracturing systems and additives through a recognized third-party chemical evaluation process…

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Concepts, misconceptions about kick tolerance

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Even though kick tolerance is a critical and fundamental concept for the drilling industry, no standard is used by all operators and drilling contractors…

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Shell drives down high-potential incidents with global dropped objects prevention campaign

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Safety is always our top priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and no incidents that harm people or put our neighbours or facilities at risk. When we analyzed the biggest risk areas in our wells operations…

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Digital training evolving into valuable asset for meeting challenges of skills, generation gap

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The drilling industry faces the “Big Crew Change” as a generation of experienced workers retires while improved extraction techniques demand…

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