CATEGORIZED | News

ENSCO’s Rabun: Safety is just good business

Posted on 28 January 2010

Dan Rabun, Ensco International

Dan Rabun, Ensco International

Especially in a constantly evolving industry like ours, companies must focus on the basics when thinking about HSE and training. “Please don’t let this be misconstrued as doing things the way we did 20 years ago. I find this to be a common misperception,” cautioned Dan Rabun, Ensco International chairman, president and CEO.

“The ‘basics’ must evolve and take into account the increased risks in our business, the increased profile in the environments in which we operate, the technological innovations,” Mr Rabun said in his opening address to the 2010 IADC Health, Safety, Environment & Training Conference on 26 January in Houston.

Employees today face a barrage of distractions that make it easy for them to lose focus on the daily execution of their jobs: the global recession, layoffs and job security; volatility of demand for oil and gas and of commodity prices; media, government and public attention on global warming and alternative energy. To stay focused in the midst of these distractions, it’s absolutely critical that safety is a core value of any organization in the industry, he said.

Safety is “simply the right thing to do. And it’s good business because I firmly believe that safe rigs are more efficient, more productive and more reliable,” Mr Rabun continued. Safety as a value “must be properly instilled in every person, understood and accepted in a multicultural work force.”

There are also too many factors in this industry that can’t be controlled. “So we need to concentrate on the things we can control, like culture, safety and operational efficiency,” he said.

Industry also must dedicate more time and resources to training because the risk levels of our operations continue to go up, not down. “Software and automation have become as important as mechanical knowledge, and that implies a complete change in our work force and how we can improve and train for the future,” he said.

“We need to make sure we stay one step ahead in terms of implementing safety measures and processes to prevent injuries to personnel, property and the environment. This will absolutely require collaboration between a number of different parties, which is why we’re all here (at the HSET conference) today.”

Drilling contractors may be competitors in the marketplace, but he pointed out that their futures are also interrelated. “Safety-conscious crews protect the reputation of our industry. Demand for our services will be determined by the world’s perception of the sustainability of oil and gas resources, and governments around the world will formulate their energy policies in part on their perception of our industry’s ability to deliver safe, reliable and environmentally friendly energy.”

“It’s up to each and every one of us to protect our industry’s reputation through our collective actions.”

1 Comments For This Post

  1. NARESH C PARMAR Says:

    I am work in Oil & Gas and Drilling sector in India stat 1988,
    Current i am in Procurement E&P and Drilling Rig spares and Rig Purchase.

    Regards,
    Parmar +91 9819731113

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 22 April 2015

    Transocean appoints Jeremy D. Thigpen as President & CEO

    Transocean has announced that Jeremy D. Thigpen has been named President and Chief Executive Officer effective 22 April 2015. Mr Thigpen succeeds Ian C. Strachan, Interim...

  • 22 April 2015

    Noted broadcast journalist Eithne Treanor to MC IADC World Drilling 2015, Rome, 17-18 June

    IADC is pleased to announce that noted industry broadcast journalist and professional moderator Eithne Treanor will serve as master of ceremonies...

  • 22 April 2015

    UBO & MPD Committee drives safe practices, while survey indicates industry moving toward acceptance

    The IADC Underbalanced Operations & Managed Pressure Drilling Committee continues to drive safe practices...

  • 22 April 2015

    Video: Schlumberger’s At Balance brand aims to make MPD more accessible

    Schlumberger recently brought back the At Balance brand as a family of product and services offering at the 2015 IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced...

  • 21 April 2015

    Petrobras’ first MPD operation aboard a DP rig succeeds

    Petrobras’ first use of MPD aboard a dynamically positioned rig proved successful and kept NPT to less then 3%, according to a paper presented at the 2015 IADC/SPE...

  • Read more news