Modern drillers often work at smaller companies and can end up working in several roles that call for different equipment and knowhow. How can companies help them with all of the nuances of operating multiple, complex (and, sometimes, $1-million-plus) pieces of heavy equipment? How can drillers safely balance geology, hydrology, machinery, electrical and a range of other technical knowledge?
In Ask Brock episode 101, host and drilling expert Brock Yordy discusses safety planning for multitasking equipment operators.
“First, I look into where we have the greatest hazards,” he says. Then, it’s about laying out and communicating best safety practices to crews on the frontlines of the jobsite.
“We make sure they have the right processes. We’re all doing it the correct way. We’re not skipping any sort of safety measures we’ve put in place. Then we go to tools and equipment. Do they have the right tools and equipment to do the job safely, to mitigate those risks?”
He also talks about job safety analysis (JSA), after-action reviews, the importance of good choices, and guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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