Safety & Workforce

Smaller Type
Default Size Type
Larger Type
Print This Page
Email This Page

Living Our Values in the Workplace

Marathon Oil conducts our business with a high regard for the health and safety of our employees, contractors and the communities where we work.

Safety and Workforce

Navigate Page: Management Approach | Progress on Our Commitments


Our health, environment, safety and security (HES&S) vision is to achieve an accident- and injury-free workplace. The Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS), HES&S standards and policies, Statement of HES&S Beliefs and Life Critical Expectations support our efforts to realize this vision.

Marathon Oil reinforces our commitment to safety by communicating clear expectations, analyzing and managing risk, encouraging reporting of incidents and near misses, investigating incidents and implementing corrective actions. In addition, we engage employees and contractors to share our safety culture, lessons learned and insights.


Our commitment is to strive for an accident- and injury-free workplace, with safe and healthy work practices and conditions throughout our operations. To fulfill this commitment, Marathon Oil trains, engages and prepares employees, contractors and third parties to address identified risks specific to our operations.

The challenging commodity price environment in 2015 did not diminish our commitment to safety. During the year, Marathon Oil:

  • Continued work to improve contractor HES performance, including implementing risk management plans for all contractors with poor HES performance. The number of contractor recordable injuries declined by 15 percent from 2014.
  • Reduced the Company’s Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by 48 percent and set a new safety performance record with a TRIR of 0.39 for employees and contractors combined.
  • Increased the focus on hazard awareness and proper glove selection, which contributed to a 66 percent decline in recordable hand injuries.
  • Began addressing a global trend of dropped objects incidents that accounted for one third of the Company’s actual and potential serious events in 2015.
  • Established and led an industry work group to discuss the potential health and safety hazards associated with tank gauging and share best practices.
  • Continued to emphasize our Serious Event Rate, a leading indicator that provides a measure of what happened as well as what could have happened during events with the potential to significantly impact people, the environment and the Company. The metric helps us prevent serious events.
  • Standardized root cause analysis (RCA) methodology companywide to improve the quality of incident investigations, and trained individuals to lead an investigation involving RCA.
  • Implemented a plan for simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) in Eagle Ford to address an identified risk of conducting drilling and completions operations on producing well sites.
  • Started testing Bakken facilities to comply with North Dakota state requirements to filter crude oil for natural gas liquids to reduce volatility before it is transported by rail.
  • Executed the major Alba B3 compression project offshore Equatorial Guinea with good overall safety performance.

In addition, the following assets reached safety milestones in 2015:

  • Oklahoma had zero recordable injuries.
  • Marathon E.G. Production Limited (MEGPL) had zero recordable injuries and lost-time events, even with a heavy project workload. In December, MEGPL set a new record for the longest time to work without a recordable injury (4.8 million exposure hours) or lost-time event (6.9 million exposure hours).
  • Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings Limited (EG LNG) employees and contractors in December achieved 3 million exposure hours (representing more than three and one-half years) without a recordable injury for the first time since the plant began operations in 2007.

In 2016, Marathon Oil will focus on ROMS implementation, electronic safe work permitting, dropped objects, a comprehensive industrial hygiene assessment and HES data analysis.

Was the content above complete, balanced and credible?

Full Survey »