Managing the Numbers: A Look Inside TRIR, DART, and Experience Modification Factors

Nina Conner Energy

By Tara Crisp for AssuredPartners Oil and gas contractors often secure and maintain work based on their Total Recordable Incident Rate, TRIR, and/or Experience Modification Factor. If either of those numbers goes above a 1.0, then a contractor may not be allowed to continue to perform work for an operator. Understanding how to manage your TRIR, DART and experience modification factor can be a useful tool in maintaining your current and future business operations. The TRIR is intended to assist employers to understand how they, the safety team, and the company is performing on at least one dimension of safety. Because incidents capture and cover such a large part of the safety spectrum, it is one of the most common …

PPE Hazard Assessments in Oil & Gas

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By Tara Crisp-Schwartz for AssuredPartners A recent injury incident in Midland, Texas, has spotlighted a little-known hazard related to working with sodium hypochlorite, also known as, bleach. An employee, who was performing water treatment duties in conjunction with the water transfer department, violated the standard operating procedure when working with sodium hypochlorite and suffered second and third degrees burn on his backside. The pump that the employee was utilizing to inject the sodium hypochlorite into the water manifold would not prime. The employee deviated from the standard operating procedure and inadvertently broke the line that contained 12.5% sodium hypochlorite. The employee was wearing the required PPE [issued by the employer and recommended on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)]; goggles, face …

Changes Announced by U.S. Department of Labor to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program

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By Tara Crisp for AssuredPartners On September 15th, 2022 the U.S Department of Labor announced changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Enforcement Program. OSHA has changed the requirements for placement into the program in order to strengthen the enforcement while improving compliance. The changes reflect a more serious violation offense for those that show up as repeat offenders and according to OSHA, “focuses on employers who repeatedly disregard workers’ safety, health” (Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], 2022) According to the press release released by OSHA, the program features these updates: Read the program feature updates here>>>