The foundation for safety of any operation is determined long before people, procedures and equipment come together to provide a service or produce a product. It is determined during design and construction. This paper begins by outlining the systems safety approach to minimizing hazards and integrating safety into the design and engineering of an operation (Part I). It describes methods for identifying, analyzing and eliminating workplace hazards. Part II of the paper describes the application of systems safety tools to the design and fabrication of a new construction, highly mechanized, platform drilling rig. Implementation of the systems safety approach impacts directly on safe, productive and cost effective operations.

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