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Safety Performance

Incident Analysis

Incident Pyramid 2009 - 2015

The incident pyramid continues to align in the expected trend that you will have a reduced number of incidents by severity from medical treatment cases up to fatality.

In 2015 Core Laboratories implemented a computerized global safety incident reporting system which will further increase the communication of incidents to management and safety officers in real time. The initial rollout of the program covers approximately 75% of the employees globally. The remaining 25% will be added to the program in early 2016.

Moving forward this graph will be archived in the annual report for the below comparisons. Going to a paper reporting system Core Lab is now better positioned to take advantage of lower level safety reports globally in real time.

Incident Pyramid 2015

Moving from a paper reporting system to an online database Core Lab is now better positioned to take advantage of lower level safety incident reporting in real time. This information will be more accessible, reliable and accurate.

Management, Supervisors and Safety Officers are now able to receive immediate email alerts for all employee incident entries. This will enable us to react quickly to injuries while also informing us of safety observations, near accidents (misses) or material damage cases.

The collection of data will assist in evaluating the safety programs and employee attitudes down to the location level globally. A dashboard is currently under construction to quickly display and organize real time safety. This will be a valuable tool to assist with reaction to safety and operational trends in the work place. Core Lab considers time crucial to proper case management, and injury prevention.

Incident Type 2009 - 2015

Slips, Trips and Falls accounted for 33% of the recordable incidents over the past 7 years. The number of incidents remains the same from 2013 to 2015 with 11 incidents. However with the lower number of incidents ST&Fs accounted for 52% of all recordable incidents.

Cuts or Abrasions accounted for 26% of the recordable incident over the past 7 years. Cuts or abrasions are down from 7 in 2014 to 4 in 2015 accounting for 19% of all recordable incidents in 2015.

Lifting accounted for 12% of the recordable incidents over the past 7 years. Back strains account for the majority of high cost cases with lost and restricted days. Lifting incidents are down from 6 in 2014 to 3 in 2015 accounting for 14% of all recordable incidents in 2015.

Road Accidents accounted for 8% of the recordable incidents over the past 7 years. Injuries from auto accidents remained the same year over year at 2 injuries. The continuing AlertDriving program has had a major impact on driver awareness, and injuries have been minor.

Short Service Workers 2009 - 2015

Short Service Workers (SSW) account for 47% of the recordable incidents in the last 7 years. In 2015 SSW employees accounted for 52% of. Despite the high percentage there has been significant improvement in the number of SSW incidents year over year since 2010 when 35 SSE workers were involved in a recordable incident.

Effective SSW programs remain an opportunity to dramatically improve safety performance.

An effective SSW Program at a minimum has:

  1. Management involvement at all levels.
  2. Mentors well versed in the program and objectives.
  3. New employees that are engaged immediately with the importance of the program and company expectations
  4. An identification system easily recognized by senior workers in the area. These senior employees must also take a vested interest in safety of new personnel.

Turnover Percent 2009 - 2015

This turnover simply shows the number of employees that had an incident and have left the company. While it cannot be compared directly to the company turnover rate it is clear to see employees having incidents leave the company at a higher rate even in the short term.

While the reasons employees leave are numerous the net effect is positions having incidents leave at a higher rate. Filling these openings will lead to new SSW employees in the workforce.

Turnover All Incidents – Shows the percentage of all employees having an incident against those departed.

Turnover SSW Incidents – Shows the percentage of only SSW workers having incidents and those departed.

For locations with high turnover a treadmill effect is created where a high incident rate position is continually filled with SSW employees. High turnover operations must sustain an effective SSW Program.

OSHA NAICS Comparison 2008 - 2015

Core Lab reports under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 213112 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) publishes safety statistics annually based on 100 employees working 200,000 hours in one year. From these published TRIR’s and LTIR’s Core Lab can compare itself with others performing similar work in the oil and gas industry within the United States.

Core Lab has consistently outperformed the BLS published TRIR results. However, only since improvement in the incident pyramid in 2011 have we seen the same performance in LTIR Comparison. Core Laboratories now constantly performs better than its peers in TRIR and LTIR.

Summary/Continuing Corrective actions

Core Lab has taken several steps to increase safety awareness and involvement of the employees. The closer we come to zero incidents within the company the more often the incidents are the result of "Human Factors". The vast majority of incidents in 2015 were 100% preventable by the individual or individuals involved. Corrective actions should stress good judgment, individual responsibility, commitment at all levels and the principles of behavior based safety.

"A human factor is the term used to describe the interaction of individuals with each other, with facilities and equipment, and with management systems. This interaction is influenced by both the working environment and the culture of the people involved. What may be a good system of work in one part of an organization may be found to be less than ideal in a region where culturally driven attitudes to risk taking may be significantly different." "OGP Publication Human Factors – a means of improving HSE performance."

Steps taken include the following bullet items and are designed to affect the behavior of individuals, and communicate a stronger employee involved attitude which is supported by management at all levels.

  • AlertDriving Training –This program is designed to evaluate hazard perception, increase skills and reduce traffic accidents and violations. In this our third year all participating employees will retake the hazard perception training. This will enable us to compare 2013 results and measure for improvement.
  • Corporate Safety Presentations – Are continuing at a less frequent interval than 2014. Presentations focus on executive management safety commitment, incident analysis, division comparisons, human factors/ behavior effecting safety, essential programs expected and accident review.
  • Incident Reporting – Mandatory 24 hour incident reporting to COO and Corporate Safety Director for all recordable classified incidents. New database has had a significant impact on timely case management.
  • Safety Services – Partnership continues, and has been expanded with Safety Services to monitor safety websites and strengthen safety policies. Current scoring of all companies in the A range for ISNetWorld.
  • Corporate Safety Committee – Organized safety committee with senior safety, training and quality personnel from all companies and regions. Committee focuses on corporate policy change, sharing best practices, communicating safety, safety alerts, incident reporting and investigation. This group has been instrumental in the success of Alertdriving and safety database successes.
  • Continued Efforts – The company continues its efforts in 5 major behavior based safety programs; Short Service Worker, Job Safety Analysis, Last Minute Risk Assessment, Stop Work Authority, and Reporting of Unsafe Conditions. Several online tools and safety process systems have been put in place by the company’s to increase awareness and safety observation collection.