ShalePro Safety Teams Leads Safety Stand Down
For the third year in a row, Noel “Mac” McMullen, Safety Director for ShalePro Energy Services, lead a team of employees and contractors through a Safety Stand Down with Range Resources.
“This is a great way to make sure our safety protocols are in place and that everyone knows what they are supposed to do if something should happen on site,” said McMullen.
A Safety Stand Down is essentially a drill of a situation that could happen on the location. Teams walk through all the steps they would take as if the situation were actually happening.
“This year’s scenario for the stand down was a rupture and potential fire and explosion caused by a piece of equipment backing into a flowline at the GPU,” said McMullen. “We thought this was a realistic example of something that could happen on a location. Pads have a limited amount of space and something as simple as someone backing up and not paying complete attention can turn dangerous.”
This year, the stand down was held on Range’s Malinky Pad in Bulger, PA. The pad is actively being drilled and has some wells that have already been completed and are currently producing gas.
Five different stations were set up related to this incident on the pad. Topics covered were:
· GPU Review
· Muster Points
· Well Heads and Control
· Rig Response
· Treatment of injured workers and AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
· Efficient and effective communications
· Understanding your role in an emergency situation
The goal of the training was to discuss and practice the actions needed to secure the pad, account for all workers and personnel and to safely control the incident and treat the injured.
“We were really please by the level of safety education and focus that we saw during the stand down,” says McMullen. “It gives us all a lot of confidence that should something like this happen, our operations teams know what to do and how to do it.”
More than 150 employees, from 30 different companies participated in the stand down.