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Safety Performance

Incident Analysis

With the number of incident year over year decreasing to just 10 in 2019 the pyramid seems a bit out of normal alignment. With medical treatment/other recordable down to only 1 incident.

Moving from a paper reporting system to an online database Core Lab is now better positioned to take advantage of lower level safety incident reporting in real time. This information is more accessible, reliable and accurate.

Management, Supervisors and Safety Officers now receive immediate email alerts for employee reports. This has enabled us to react quickly to injuries while also informing us of safety observations, near accidents (misses) or material damage cases.

The collection of data assist evaluating safety programs and employee attitudes globally down to the location level. A dashboard was released during 2017 to quickly display and organize real time safety, and an extensive drill down capable dashboard is added in 2020. These valuable tools assist with reaction to safety and operational trends in the work place. Core Lab considers time crucial to proper case management, and injury prevention.

Occurrence Pyramid 2015 - 2019

Incident Pyramid 2010 - 2018

Incident Type 2010 - 2019

Slips, Trips and Falls - The number of incidents from ST&F have decreased from 9 in 2018 to 3 IN 2019 accounting for 30% of all recordable incidents. While there has been a vast improvement in ST&F related incident year over year improvement is seen on the previous two year frequency increase in 2017 and 2018.

Cuts or Abrasions - Cuts or abrasions are down from 5 in 2018 to 3 in 2019 accounting for 30% of all recordable incidents. In the last 3 years Core Lab has seen a reduction of 63% of recordable incidents from cuts or abrasions.

Lifting - Lifting incidents decreased from 3 in 2018 to just 1 2019 accounting for 10% of all recordable incidents. Back strains can account for the majority of high cost cases with lost and restricted days. Despite the low number of cases year over year significant safety improvement opportunities exist in training and ergonomics.

Road Accidents - For In 2019 we incurred our first recordable injury from a road accident in 3 years which resulted in 2 lost and 10 restricted days. This one incident accounted for 10 % of the incident total in 2019. The continuing AlertDriving program has had a major impact on driver awareness over the past six years. Injuries resulting from vehicle accidents have been reduced since the program inception dramatically decreasing medical treatment, lost and restricted day recordable cases. With vehicle driving being one of the most dangerous activities accident severity control is essential.

Short Service Workers 2010 - 2019

Short Service Worker (SSW) incidents significantly decreased in the Production Enhancement Segment. 2018 saw an increase to 13 SSW accidents or 62%. While the decrease to 4 SSW incidents in 2019 is encouraging 40% of incidents from SSW workers remains too high.

Of 10 total recordable accidents SSW accident are distributed in 2019 as follows:

  • Company total 4
  • Reservoir Description 2
  • Production Enhancement 2
  • G&A 0

Efforts made by Production Enhancement safety management in Q4 2018 through 2019 resulted in 2 SSW accidents in Q4 2018 through EOY 2019 down from 9 in 2018. These efforts include upper level management meetings with supervisors and operations and area walk-throughs by Executive and local management.

Effective SSW programs remain an opportunity to improve safety performance, and guard against safety performance waning during market recovery.

An effective SSW Program at a minimum:

  1. Management involvement
  2. Motivated mentors
  3. Employees that are engaged immediately with the program

AlertDriving training program results

In an effort to increase the skills of our drivers and fleet administration Core Lab Launched the AlertDriving Safety Training Program in February 2014. This training is provided to all employees who operate company-issued vehicles, and those that drive personnel vehicles regularly on company business. This program is designed to increase driver skills, to reduce traffic accidents and violations through an initial hazard perception evaluation and then targeted training assignments pulsed out monthly.

AlertDriving was selected for the quality of their training tools which address specific skill sets needed by Core Lab, and whose packages are creative and interactive. Every employee who operates a vehicle regularly on company business is required to participate in the program.

In 2016 the program was expanded to include post-accident remedial targeted training, in 2017 we introduced MotorMind an interactive advanced training for established drivers and 2019 training included targeted training designed from training results and accident data.

Core Lab is committed to vehicle safety and has renewed AlertDriving for an additional 3 years starting February 2020. Again, as an added bonus one family member of each employee enrolled in the program may also take advantage of the training. Click here for complete report PDF.

OSHA NAICS & IFIA Comparison 2010 – 2019

Core Lab reports safety statistics under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 213112 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) publishes safety statistics annually based on 100 employees working 200,000 hours in one year. From these published TRIR’s and LTIR’s Core Lab can compare itself with others performing similar work in the oil and gas industry within the United States.

Typically safety results are published in the 3rd to 4th quarter the following year. We expect BLS 2019 statistic to not be available until October 2020. There is also the possibility that comparisons may change do to the improved and expanded online incident reporting collection along with data management capabilities in the new system.

Core Lab has consistently outperformed the BLS published TRIR results. However, only since improvement in the incident pyramid in 2011 have we seen the same performance in LTIR Comparison. Core Laboratories now constantly performs better than its peers in TRIR and LTIR. In 2018 Core Lab outperformed TRIR by 89% and LTIR by 70%.

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