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MB Comments on "Pain of oil boom: top Texas firms in oilfield accident claims" (Houston Chronicle)


motleyblogger's commentary below on "Pain of oil boom: top Texas firms in oilfield accident claims"
 

Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) in the O&G industry (and most other industries) are a joke. Companies go through all sorts of machinations to reclassify injuries to less severe levels and to keep injuries off the OSHA logs altogether. For many of these companies, you could multiply the reported TRIR by 1.5 to 3.0 and you might get the true rate. 

Some of these company statements sound like they come straight from the Obama White House: "Things are not nearly so bad as they sound,. Why, look here at our numbers that say we are actually doing better than industry average, despite the appearance that we are maiming and killing people at an alarming rate." Too, let's not overlook the very important fact that the numbers reported in this story are just the tip of the iceberg and do not include LESS serious (not to be confused with NOT SERIOUS) injuries. Follow this link to the erroneously-maligned "Safety Pyramid" to gain a better perspective of how many people were really injured in the last five years, then go back and re-read the company statements. I think you will find them as lame as I do.

Granted, you must factor in the inherent danger of the industry, but many companies' Health and Safety programs are largely smoke and mirrors, with great-looking powerpoint presentations, lots of meaningless HSE activity and busy-work, and not much substance. 

I have long wondered how company executives could, in good conscience, give out safety rewards and recognitions in the face of disabled employees who can no longer work, and in the face of grieving widows and children who lost their loved ones to a workplace accident. Yet, that remains the norm.

One final word: Let's not forget that a death can actually be less expensive and less disruptive to a company's business than a serious, life-long disabling injury.