December 18, 2017

‘Poor response plan, design management liable for industrial hazard’

By Prince Okafor

With aim geared toward mitigating operational hazard in the oil and gas industry, the Executive General Manager, Technical Services, Total Upstream, Mr Kenneth Umudjoro, has fault stakeholders in the industry over poor response plan and design management in their activities.

Antonio Pasquale (Well Operations Manager-NAOC), Stefano Allievi (HSE-NAOC), Femi Omotayo (MD/CEO AOS Orwell), Lester Clark (DMD/COO AOS Orwell) and Anthony Ellis (Supply Chain Director-SPDC) at the AOS Orwell Safety Day in Port Harcourt

Speaking during the AOS Orwell Limited, AOSO, 2017 annual Safety Day in Port Hacourt, with the theme: Demonstrating Consistency & Visibility in Safety’ Umudjoro said: “Most of the time the task is perfectly designed with all the Quality Health, Safety and Environment, QHSE, specification, but more often than not, inability to manage the changes in design properly where it occures and lack of response plans are the major reasons accidents are recorded on operations.

“An ideal safety culture is one in which there is constant cooperation of all stakeholders, requisite competency, knowledge and experience sharing and reporting of outcome.”

He stressed on the importance of making a “choice” to deliver the work safely all the time by first recognsing hazards, changes in the context of the job and the capacity to inform the team from the start such that they are empowered to stop the activity once an environment is considered unsafe to work.

On his part, the Managing Director AOS Orwell, Mr Femi Omotayo said “We did not just arrive here, there has been a journey. To attain the level of visibility and consistency being celebrated today, we first had to submit ourselves to a comprehensive safety audit, we crafted a safety vision and invented the 5 –S to be able to monitor houskeeping, we embark on hazard hunts and ensured we put a journey management initiative in place.

“The reward of this torturous journey was the major reason we recorded zero RTA ( Road Traffic Accident) last year.”

AOSO is a sub – Sahara Africa’s oilfield servicing conglomerate structured into three divisions and engaged in the business of Well Construction and Conductor casing, Process Management/Automation, OCTG Manufacturing and Machining. The company is the partner of choice for numerous OEMs such as Emerson, NOV, Tercel, FMC, Enventure, SDI, DSI-PBL, Hoerbiger, Det-Tronics, 3P Services, Metal One, Oil States International.