Energy, Oil & Gas Magazine Issue 219 March 2024 | Page 21

____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Oil rig safety


Communication is critical to oil rig workplace safety says Dell Bull

In an industry where precision is paramount , and the stakes are skyhigh , effective communication stands as the linchpin of workplace safety on oil rigs . The oil and gas sector needs a paradigm shift in its approach to communication for the sake of worker safety , which must involve new training and technologies that allow for seamless and concise communication .

Death and injury statistics on oil rigs underscore what many in the industry already know to be true : working on an oil rig is a dangerous profession . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( BLS ) from 2013 to 2017 , 489 oil and gas extraction workers in the United States lost their lives on the job . This number is even greater in countries with less stringent safety regulations .
Safety training is crucial on oil rigs , and workers need to be aware of potential hazards , emergency procedures , and industry-specific safety protocols to ensure a safe working environment . Safety , ultimately , is primarily the responsibility of management and executives in the industry , and they ’ ve found that one of the most cost-effective ways to ensure procedural safety is by improving communication .
Making communication accessible
Our team at CAVU recognizes that effective communication is the backbone of safety . Through coaching and training , the importance of clear , standardized communication is instilled in teams to ensure everyone understands and follows safety protocols .
Other organizations have taken this a step further , with the Society of Petroleum Engineers arguing for a universal drilling language to alleviate costly miscommunication . However , to fully improve communication , we also need to understand the growing language barriers and the need for interpretation in the field .
Language barriers can lead to misunderstandings , misinterpretations of safety instructions , and ineffective communication during emergencies . This contributes to an increased risk of accidents and incidents . energy-oil-gas . com 21