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Safety Critical Equipment on Excavators

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Doors, locks, side windows, and windscreens on the cabs of excavator equipment can all be relatively easily damaged as a result of working within a harsh and demanding environment.

Sometimes on older equipment, or on equipment used by organizations with immature safety cultures, there may be a tendency to delay repairs and maintenance of broken glass.

But the door mechanism and the windows on dozers should be considered as safety critical equipment; and any breakage of this type of equipment should result in removal from service and immediate repair of the damage.

This safety alert from APPEA highlights how the windscreen on an excavator being used by Chevron probably saved the operators life when the cab was hit by a high-velocity projectile.

ProSafe 2012

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 05, 2012

The 4th Annual "ProSafe" Conference for 2012 will take place in Brisbane (Queensland) this month on 28th-29th May.

The Prosafe 2012 Conference Brochure and Registration details can be found by clicking here.

The Conference has some great speakers, including my ex-colleague from Woodside - Richard Pocock, and personal friend Dan Quick from Chevron, and customer from BHP-days - Robin Wright.  A great line-up of West Aussie HSE experts!

Conference topics being discussed revolve around process safety, operational excellence, Safety in Design, and legal compliance.

Get along to Prosafe 2012 if you can.

 

Situational Awareness at Petrol Stations

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 03, 2011

Emergency situations at petrol filling stations are not so uncommon.  And for that reason, motorists need to maintain their situational awareness using Think 6, Look 6 whenever they stop to refuel.

Below are just four recent examples of fires, explosions or spills which occurred at gasoline stations over the last few weeks.  These nicely make the point that drivers need to be ever-vigilent for danger - particularly where hazardous substances are present.

+   The first example occured on August 19 at a petrol station in St. Augustine, Florida.  A tanker truck was delivering 8,800 gallons of gasoline, when fuel overflowed and spilled to the ground before exploding.  The driver of the tanker truck was seriously burned.

+    The second example happened on the 1st October when a fire broke out at the BP Garage on the A120 in Bradwell (UK) and completely destroyed the petrol station.

+    The third example occurred when a man fleeing from police crashed into a Chevron Petrol Station in Davie, Florida on 6th October.  The crash led to an explosion which destroyed petrol pumps and three vehicles.

+    And in the most recent example, a driver cashed her car into a Route 18 gas station in Bridgewater (MA), severing the pump and causing a small amount of gas to spew from the ground.  According to local police, the driver lost control of her vehicle because of wet conditions.

Chevron HSE Department

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Chevron Australia is located at:

Chevron Australia
QV1
250 St Georges Terrace
Perth
WA 6000
+61 8 9216 4000

Chevron Refinery Fire

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 03, 2011

An investigation is under way after four contractors were killed in an explosion and fire at a Pembrokeshire oil refinery.

Another worker suffered serious burns in the blast at the Chevron refinery, Pembroke, UK. 

Local Police said the explosion was in a 730 cubic metre storage tank, where maintenance was being carried out.

The plant's general manager called the news "utterly devastating".

Chevron confirmed that the four people who died were contractors and said another worker was receiving treatment in hospital for serious injuries.

Greg Hanggi, refinery general manager, said that Chevron would take every step possible to determine the series of events leading to the tragic incident and ensure that any lessons learnt from it would be learned.

Eyewitnesses in the area described the moment when the blast occurred.

Marcus Lutwyche, owner of a shop in the village of Angle near the refinery, said: "I ran to the front and saw a huge plume of smoke. It was black and filled the sky. It must have been 50 or so metres wide."

His wife, Joanne Lutwyche, said: "Quite a few people in the village work at Chevron and would have been changing shifts when the explosion happened, so everyone's really concerned for who might be involved. "The last time something like this happened must have been about 17 years ago."

Best bars in the oil-patch

Graham Marshall - Friday, April 29, 2011
The oil-patch is a Global industry and over the years I've been fortunate to work on health and safety programs for companies around the World.

I've compiled a short list of my favorite bars, restaurants and hotels in some of the places I've been working.

Here they are...but look out for more next Friday...


1.    London, UK - Rooftop bar at the Trafalgar Hotel.  Just a great location right in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London town.  You even get to look Lord Nelson straight in the eye (he only had one)  from the rooftop bar at this Conrad Hotel.  One of my all time favorite experiences.  Handy for Shell or Hess employees just down the Strand.  Check it out by clicking here.

2.    Houston, Texas - The Flying Saucer.  Right on Main Street and so handy for workers from Shell, Eni, Hess, Exon Mobil, Chevron, and every other oil company in town.  A great place to watch the World wander past.  Check it out by clicking here.

3    Perth, WA - Rigby's Bar.  Not nearly the best bar in town but a must visit for anyone in the oil patch.  Full of Woodside, Santos, BHP, and Chevron employees after hours - especially on Friday's.  The covered roof over the whole building makes it especially good if you need a beer during inclement weather (i.e., winter).  Check it out by clicking here.

4.    Midland-Odessa, Texas - Dos Amigos Cantina.  As it says on the sign - "Beer, Babes and Bulls".  What more can I say!  Check it out by clicking here.

5.    Sakhalin Island, Russia - Kona Bar.  Anton Chekhov may have described Sakhalin as "hell on earth" but he visited in 1890 before the oil-industry arrived on the scene.  I started to visit Sakhalin back in 2002 and it was still pretty primitive in those early days.  Now you'll find curry-houses, sushi bars and the Kona bar.  No website but it's in the Sakhalin Centre Building in the middle of Yuszhno and close to all the Exxon-Mobil and Sakhalin Energy  project offices.  You can't miss it!

6.    Seminole, West Texas - Charlies Place.  You might be way out in the Permian Basin and be mighty thirsty but you ain't getting a drink in this dry Baptist town.  Check out "Charlies" for the best Steak in this neck of the woods.  You'll be drinking Coke or Dr Pepper though!  Check it out by clicking here.

7.    Aberdeen, Scotland - Peep Peeps.  Spit and sawdust doesn't begin to describe the authenticity of this Scottish Ale House.  Make sure you take someone who is really hard with you.  Check it out by clicking here.

8.    Luba, Equatorial Guinea - Kelly's Bar and Grill.  You'll have to get a private invite but worth it if you make it there.  Check it out by clicking here.  

9.    Karratha, WA - The Icon.  Karratha is the home-town of the energy boom in Western Australia.  Even so, it's not much to look at!  The Icon is a good place for a beer and live music.  Check it out by clicking here.

10.    Moscow, Russia - Golden Ring Hotel.  Not the best bar but certainly the best breakfast I've ever had.  A real luxury hotel and close to Shell's (Salym Petroleum) downtown  offices.  Check it out by clicking here.

Sydney, NSW.  Nothing to recommend it.  A town full of parasites feeding off hard working folks in the oil industry.  Avoid. 



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