OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY HAS MARKED US OUT FROM THE CROWD. WE UNDERSTAND THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR OPERATIONS AND APPROACH BUSINESS USING SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORK AND ENGINEERING CONTROLS WHICH ARE SECOND TO NONE.
Our clients are our best source of information – they give us feedback on what is needed in the field and we tailor our services in accordance with these needs. Safety always rates highly in these discussions and we’ve put it firmly at the centre of our operating model. We go above and beyond what’s expected and have invested heavily in designing improvements to our rigs and other equipment. Our combination of quality equipment, technical capability and experience when coupled our proven record in safety and project management systems has directly contributed to our reputation for delivering successful, safe and cost effective project outcomes for our clients.
Our in-house engineering and fabrication support team are focused on complementing our extensive operational drilling experience with equipment safety innovation and productivity. Recent successes have included the removal of manual handling incidences thanks to the construction of automatic, hydraulic drill rod and pipe handling systems.
Our teams have also created completely automated breakout systems, clamps and ‘roughnecks’ on all of our new rigs and are constantly evolving ways of removing other hazards associated with hydrogeological drilling, like gravel packing and the dangers of working at heights.
We’ve engineered safety innovations into the design of our drilling rigs and support equipment from day one, drawing on our years of experience in the field to create a fleet with safety features running through their core. These safety innovations have now become the industry standard, which others follow.
We use mast and access static lines as standard when workers have to access the mast in its horizontal position, and all equipment is fitted with complex systems of handrailing and access gates, complying with Australian Standards and the strictest mine site regulations across the nation. In an industry-first our Foremost rigs are fitted with access ladders/stairs and in-mast walkways which negate the requirement for the use of fall arrest systems.
It’s not enough to merely meet the standard requirements for safety – that’s not the Connector Drilling way. Our motto is “Eliminate Substitute Innovate”. We’re passionate about maximising the safety of our most valuable asset – our people. We invest heavily on the top end of the safety ‘Hierarchy of Control’ and apply administrative controls to manage operational task related risk only in instances where engineering controls are not possible.