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2nd Offshore Process Safety Conference in Houston

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Six oil and gas operators and over 200 renowned industry experts  from leading firms will gather at the 2nd Offshore Process Safety Conference in Houston, 11-12 Sep 2013.

This is a major collaborative effort to enhance process safety and HSE risk management for drilling and  production operations; making this conference the largest and most important meeting places for offshore senior decision-makers in 2013.

Critical reasons to attend this year's premier process safety conference include:

+  Regulatory updates from COS and USCG about new developments in the GoM;

+  Six Operators and over 25 of the industry's leading experts will be sharing exclusive strategies for implementing successful SEMS programs and audits, along with the tools you need to build a robust safety culture;

+  Enhance Process Safety for Drilling Operations to ensure safe, reliable and compliant operations; and

+  Networking with  senior delegates form operators and contractors.

November 15th 2013 is a major deadline for operators and thousands of contractors to complete audits of their Safety and Environmental Management Systems. By attending you will receive the latest strategies for enhanced SEMS compliance, safety culture, leadership, drilling process safety and contractor management.

Limited speaking and sponsorship/exhibition opportunities are available. To register your interests please contact:

 Adam Minkley
 Project Director
 Tel: +44 (0)207 375 7239

Best Practice for Cargo Packing and Handling

Graham Marshall - Sunday, January 08, 2012

The good folks over at the Marine Safety Forum have recently released the Best Practice for the Safe Packing and Handling of Cargo to and from Offshore Locations.

Cargo handling incidents are still being identified as the cause of many injuries each year even though industry approved packing and handling guidelines have been in place for over 10 years.

Recent incidents have identified three main categories that non conforming cargo fall into are:

- Dropped objects;

- Snagging Hazards; and

- Unsecured Cargo.

To view a PowerPoint slide show covering the new Best Practice documents, simply click here.

Risk Assessment - What are Triggers?

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Today I'm presenting a tool box talk on triggers.

It's free to use and you'll find it by clicking here.

If it's useful, please leave a comment.

Best regards.

Managing HSE Risk in Contracts

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Hiring contractors brings a certain amount of risk to business and the risk management aspects of this needs to be carefully considered. 

Enclosed today is a testimonial letter from Woodside Energy that highlights work I've done in this area.

Alongside the other testimonials I'll be posting throughout  this week, I hope it gives you the confidence that you're buying the best available safety and health tools from a reputable Australian HSE business.

As always, feel free to look round the risk management shop, to buy some products or to get in touch about any safety issues that are puzzling you.

Manage the Risk during Abandonment and Demolition

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Today's blog is about how not to manage risk when demolishing buildings.


Gunns Limited operated a saw mill in the south-west of WA, which included a large disused and unwanted work shed.

The shed was very large being about 10 meters high but almost 135 meters long and 25 meters wide.

Gunns Limited sought to demolish the shed and received several quotes from demolition contractors to perform the work.

At least one of the contractors highlighted to Gunns Ltd in their quote the requirement for the work to be undertaken under an appropriate demolition license.

In spite of that knowledge, Gunns chose to award the demolition contract to two unlicensed people who undertook to perform the demolition for free.

The Prosecution

The chosen contractors indicated that they would work for free but raise income by salvaging materials from the shed.

The demolishers were subsequently observed by a WorkSafe Inspector in the process of demolishing the shed.

Gunns Ltd was prosecuted by WorkSafe on the basis that they failed to ensure that the demolition was performed by a licence contractor.

They elected to plead guilty to the charge and were fined $10,000 with an additional $760 in court costs.

The lesson to learn here is to always ensure you pre-qualify and select competant contractors with the right HSE culture, right skill set for the work, and the correct licences where necessary.

Saving a few bucks early on is no excuse for dodgy practices and often ends in disaster.

There really is no such thing as a "free lunch".  Good Safety outcomes take effort and resources.

Be Safe When Using Ladders

Graham Marshall - Sunday, January 16, 2011

Working at height from ladders, stepladders or mobile trestles is a particularly high-risk  activity if the hazards associated with heights are not appropriately controlled. 

Today's post illustrates the harm that can occur when people fall and it also demonstrates the legal implications of a failure to fulfill duty of care for work at height.


Primejade Holdings Pty Ltd ("Primejade") is a commercial property owner that owns and manages Meadow Springs Boulevard Shopping Centre in Mandurah, Western Australia.  

In managing the center, Primejade employed a contractor to provide maintenance and gardening services.

The Incident

On the day of the accident, the contractor was requested to place unused Christmas decorations on the top of a false ceiling, approximately 4 meters above the floor. 

This involved placing a ladder against a wall, and carrying the bags of decorations up the ladder. 

The decorations were then placed on top of the store's false ceiling and the contractor would climb back down the ladder.

At the time of the incident, the contractor had picked up two bags and was climbing the ladder towards the false ceiling. 

The contractor was about 3-4 rungs from the top of the ladder when the base suddenly gave way.

The ladder and the contractor fell to the ground. 

The contractor sustained serious fractures and torn tendons as a result of the fall.

The Prosecution

Primejade was prosecuted and the business was found guilty of "being a principal who in the course of trade or business engaged a contractor to carry out work for it, failed to provide and maintain, so far as practicable, a working environment in which the contractor was not exposed to hazards, being matters over which the principal had the capacity to exercise control, and by that failure caused serious harm to the contractor".

Primjade was fined $25,000 and ordered to pay court costs amounting to $1,421.

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