It is important as a part of your Basin United supervisor training to keep a positive safety attitude in the oilfields. While it may seem like the requirements to work at the wellsite are getting stricter and stricter every year, it is important for safety practices to continuously improve. This can seem frustrating for many oilfield workers and supervisors, but this is meant for their own well-being so that they can have a long and successful career. Also, if another worker is doing something unsafe then the fastest way to correct the situation will be to tell them when you notice. In this situation, if everyone is Basin United trained to have a positive safety attitude, then no one should be upset by the minor work stoppage and everyone will be happy that the work has been made safer. When unsafe worksites are reported to supervisors, this positive safety culture will continue to reinforce itself as workers are encouraged to find more safety hazards.


The Basin United training we deliver in Midland, San Antonio, and Online trains workers on the hierarchy they can expect to work under when they arrive at the wellsite. When helping a co-worker on the rigsite, we train that it’s better to talk to that coworker directly, if possible, to help them improve safety behaviors. When a supervisor is needed for a small issue, the worker should contact the next level up the rig hierarchy. By moving a safety issue up one step of the rig hierarchy at a time, the entire rig become informed to the proper level. If a level is skipped, this can cause communication issues and create the perception of “going over the head” of the boss. Respect is an important part of maintaining a positive safety attitude and “going over the head” of a supervisor should be avoided unless there is a good safety reason to do so.


When reporting a safety incident, the time, place, what happened, and the people present should be included. The rise of camera enabled smartphones is enabling more workers to gather picture and video data of safety incidents at the wellsite. This data can be a helpful source for any supervisor to use in an incident report to help understand the causes, identify gaps in oilfield safety training, and understand how to make the oilfield worksite safer. The rise of social media has also led to a rise of sharing of incidents in the oilfield, sometimes severe, over the internet. This may not be allowed based on the rules of the employer or lease operator. Even when this social media sharing is allowed, it is difficult to predict what will happen once the photos or videos are shared. Some oilfield incident pictures and videos have had a chance to get major attention outside of the state. If a supervisor is seeking to promote the safety culture taught throughout Basin United training, then quickly posting on social media may not be a good choice as these posts can become “viral” and the poster loses control. Workers may lose their jobs due to these posting because of the severe damage to safety attitude this causes.

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