Safety and workforce
The value we hold most deeply is to send employees and contractors who work on one of our sites home safely and in the same condition they arrived in.
Marathon Oil believes that to be sustainable, a company must have both safety and operational excellence. The same skills, competency, commitment
Our resources to manage health, environment, safety
To prevent incidents, accidents and injuries, we set clear, non-negotiable expectations with employees and our large contractor workforce for analyzing and managing risk, reporting incidents and near misses, investigating incidents, implementing corrective actions and sharing lessons learned. Marathon Oil expects everyone to slow down, speak up, ask questions and stop the job if they have any concerns about safety.
Following our best safety performance ever in 2016, our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) for both employees and contractors increased to 0.64 in 2017. In addition, actual and potential serious events that could impact people, the environment
Given this unacceptable year-over-year change, we developed a plan to improve performance. In the first quarter of 2018, we held safety forums for representatives of our U.S. unconventional assets. These forums resulted in a sharper focus on safety leadership and contractor management with strong emphasis on our life critical expectations. In 2018, we plan to hold workshops for over 800 personnel on effective safety conversations and safety leadership. We are also strengthening contractor management and holding contractors accountable for improving their performance. To work with Marathon Oil, contractors must demonstrate that they share our commitment to a safe workplace.
To benchmark our U.S. performance, we compare our TRIR to industry peers in the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC), even though some of our peer companies do not include contractors in their numbers. Marathon Oil’s U.S. recordable injury rate of 0.72 for both employees and contractors was above the AXPC average of 0.62.
Additional actions we took in 2017 to manage safety risks and avoid incidents, injuries and accidents included:
- Assessing the safety of every rig we contracted for drilling with a third-party inspection.
- Voluntarily purchasing LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to detect structures on all Marathon Oil properties within 1,500 feet of a well or well pad and 660 feet of a pipeline. We will assess our affected wells and pipelines in 2018 to assure proper action is taken, including proper isolation and abandonment, and plan to review the data annually to identify any new structures on our properties.
- Shutting in, and later restarting, every well and facility in our South Texas Eagle Ford asset in advance of Hurricane Harvey with no recordable injuries, serious events or spills.
- Strengthening our oil hauler awareness and audit program, and sharing it industrywide to make crude oil logistics and transportation operations safer.
- Held an annual corporate-level exercise of our emergency response procedures and conducted regional emergency preparedness drills across all our business units.
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