Fair Winds and Following Sails

I am very pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as the President of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the international trade association that has represented the seismic and survey companies in support of the energy sector for more than 30 years.     You can learn more  about IAGC and its role in making… Read more »

How Forgettable Is SEMS?

Kind of an embarrassing moment the other day highlights one of the problems facing  oil and gas companies and regulators as they work to improve offshore safety.    When asked about SEMS enforcement at a meeting with environmental reporters in New Orleans, the Secretary of the Interior was momentarily flustered over what the letters in… Read more »

Postal Service Commemorates Utter Lack of PPE!

In honor of Labor Day, the U.S. Postal Service put out a series of stamps commemorating America’s industrial workers, which is a good thing and something we should all support.   Looking at the pictures, though, it is also a very graphic reminder of how far we have come in safety and how scary the… Read more »

Special Offer For Upcoming Offshore Safety Conference

The third annual Offshore Safety Conference will be held in Houston from September 29-October 3. I am very pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the conference on industry trends for the SEMS skills and knowledge requirements.   Other expert speakers will cover the most important safety topics facing the offshore industry.   At… Read more »

Fracking Regs Take Center Stage

The long-awaited effort to increase regulations on fracking is on its way.    The Bureau of Land Management’s proposed fracking rules have been sent to the White House for review, the last step before they are published.  According to the Houston Chronicle’s Fuel Fix website: Written by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, the rule is… Read more »

Amazing Video -Shark Turns Into Bait

OK, this may be a reach, but this video of a shark turning into a snack for a grouper is a reminder of a fundamental flaw in a lot of our hazard analysis. One of the mistakes we make in managing hazards is to confuse protection with prevention.  Protection means workers are at risk and we take steps… Read more »

Confined Space Incident Kills 3: The Never Ending Threat

Confined space fatalities are a continual threat that seem to defy training and experience.  How do we prevent them? The  Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) just released the investigation report on an confined space incident on a ship that killed three.   This tragedy played out in two parts: Multiple deaths as one crewmember after… Read more »