Maersk Drilling sees best safety statistics in five years

One and a half years ago Maersk Drilling launched a new safety approach - Safety as a Capacity. It’s already showing a positive impact on both the number and severity of safety incidents in the company. Incident levels are at their lowest in five years and there have been no incidents with serious injuries for more than 15 months.

Maersk Drilling sees best safety statistics in five years

The oil and gas industry has pursued zero incidents for many years and this approach has brought Maersk Drilling far. The company has created a safety system that manages to prevent almost all incidents in a complex high-risk industry. However, this traditional approach doesn’t always capture the serious and fatal incidents that can often be very unpredictable. This made Maersk Drilling realise that if it wanted to prevent the most serious incidents which are difficult to predict, it needed to change its safety approach.

Safety as Capacity focuses on creating a system that allows recovery when incidents happen without serious consequences.

Safety as a Capacity drives positive results

With the latest safety statistics, showing no serious incidents since spring 2019, Maersk Drilling has reason to believe the implementation of Safety as a Capacity in the company is driving these results and keeping people and operations even safer.

“We have watched the severity of our incidents decline month after month and it's not just the data that is validating this. Our offshore colleagues tell us they can feel the difference in the way that they are working onboard. They feel they are focusing on the right things and the accountability for safety is where it belongs,” says Erik Roesen Larsen.Implementing a new safety approach across the business has and will continue to require time and consistent reinforcement. Several initiatives have been rolled-out, with some still ongoing, to propel Safety as Capacity forward in Maersk Drilling.

Changing how we measure safety and the way forward

Safety is traditionally measured by looking at the number of recordable incidents. The drilling industry follows these guidelines issued by IADC. Maersk Drilling, however, no longer sees this as the right fit according to our new definition of Safety as a Capacity.

The traditional approach does not take the severity of an incident into account (i.e. a fatality counts as an LTI and so does a twisted knee). Maersk Drilling has therefore changed how they measure safety to also take into account the severity of incidents to better measure and understand the safety transformation in the company.

“While our work is never done when it comes to safety, I am confident that we are moving in the right direction with Safety as Capacity; we know that it’s working. It is our aim to inspire and work with our customers and peers to view safety differently and this is why we want to share what is behind our success and what we have learned so far. Keeping people safe is everyone’s business and we believe that when we work together, we can create an even safer industry,” says Erik Roesen Larsen, Head of HSSE.

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