The following is a 5 year case study for a drilling services and manufacturing company describing an employee driven safety program. The results show the downward trend of the company TRIR from 2011 to 2015 and discusses the tools and techniques used to lower the rate year after year.
In 2011, a companywide initiative was launched that introduced safety teams for every team member of the organization. Through routine safety team meetings, improved communication, safety projects, and safety training the company began a journey of increased awareness and appreciation for individual safety commitments. Throughout the 5 year journey new tools were introduced, such as behavior based safety programs and increased visible management commitment with an end result of a reduced Total Recordable Incident Rate of 85%.
In 2011, there were 18 recordables resulting in a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of a 1.3. Safety teams were introduced throughout the entire organization and new safety tools were implemented, such as behavior based safety and improved communication. In 2012, the TRIR was reduced to a .66. Different tools and trainings were introduced for front line supervisors and individuals. The safety culture continued to improve throughout the organization. A sense of excitement and awareness became visible. In 2013, the TRIR was lowered to a .45. New initiatives continued including annual safety themes and management led initiatives, such as Safety Week. In 2014, the TRIR was a .46. The mission to zero continued and leading measures evolved. Improved safety training was offered and an improved new hire orientation was implemented that included active participation from senior management. In 2015, the TRIR was a .20.
This case study covers all the changes and initiatives that were implemented over the 5 year journey, step by step, that led to the decrease in the TRIR over the last 5 years. This is an example of a proven model with lessons learned that is scalable and can be implemented in any organization looking to reduce their TRIR and improve their safety culture.