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Strengthening Contractor Safety Management

Contractors, who made up approximately 73 percent of our field workforce in 2015, are vital to the safety, efficiency and reliability of Marathon Oil operations.

Contractor Safety 

We seek contractors who share our commitment to keep people, the environment and communities safe. Contractor management is covered by the Third Party Services element of our management system and the Marathon Oil Contractor Management Standard, which drives consistency and clear expectations throughout our operations. The Company has a formal methodology to evaluate HES performance of safety-sensitive contractors.

In recent years, we have steadily strengthened our programs to improve contractor safety, starting with verifying their HES&S performance during the qualification process. To work with Marathon Oil, contractors must disclose their written safety programs, OSHA injury and illness records, and performance history. Contractors who supply personnel for safety-sensitive work in North America are required to register with the ISNetworld global resource and meet our threshold score. This process includes a review and evaluation of the contractor’s HES programs. When the only available contractor does not meet our standards, we implement risk management plans to address issues of concern and meet regularly with the contractors to ensure that they are effectively addressing any gaps.

We also take steps to ensure they meet their contractual obligations and comply with our HES&S standards, the Code of Business Conduct and other programs. These include formal orientation for new field-based contractors and additional instruction on life critical elements for contractors who issue safe work permits.

In 2015, we maintained our commitment to promote safety leadership and implemented corporate programs such as hand safety. In addition, assets engaged with contractor leaders, field supervisors and field personnel. For example:

  • Eagle Ford held approximately 100 face-to-face meetings to determine if contractors were cutting back on training or safety programs.
  • Bakken held daily tailgate safety talks, and quarterly meetings with leaders from different supplier categories, such as haulers and electrical contractors, to discuss common issues.
  • Oklahoma completed 65 vendor business reviews and implemented an improved Contractor Management Plan.
  • Marathon Oil continued the Contractor Field Verification Audit program we initiated in 2013, performing 75 audits in 2015.

Continuously promoting a positive safety culture and emphasizing that our workforce must take personal responsibility for safety, avoid shortcuts and use their Stop Work Authority are essential to achieving an accident- and injury-free workplace.


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