In the fall of 2004, BJ Services Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Northern New Mexico) identified the need to grow their driver/equipment operator ranks to meet the growing demand of the oil and gas industry in the Rocky Mountain west. Although new hire safety training programs, detailed driving safety programs and training resources were in place, the volume of drivers/equipment operators needed could not be accommodated in a timely, efficient and effective manner. Working with Center for Transportation Safety, the two groups developed, implemented and successfully operated a program that trained 315 Equipment Operators (as of October 2006) to obtain their commercial drivers license (CDL) and safely operate BJ Services heavy vehicles. The training focused on creating a safer oil service industry driver and specifically;

  • Included use of driving simulators;

  • Introduced and reinforced BJ Services driving, fatigue management and journey management policies;

  • Included driver training in areas that replicate oil field conditions (mountains, tight oil well locations, dirt roads, etc.); and

  • Included vehicles similar to oil field equipment, i.e., heavy equipment and bulk tankers.

This case study documents the training of the heavy vehicle driver/equipment operator and compares accident statistics and cost of two groups of drivers. "Existing Drivers" are drivers/equipment operators trained prior to 2004 or who joined BJ Services after October 2004 with a CDL, and a "New Program Driver" who were trained for their CDL in the new program. The data shows that even when new program trained drivers had a vehicle accident, the accident was less severe and even though new program drivers comprised approximately 40-43% of the total drivers, their cost of accidents represented only 2-4% of the total accident cost.

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