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Safety Performance

Incident Analysis

The incident pyramids 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.

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 is more accessible, reliable and accurate.

Management, Supervisors and Safety Officers are now able to receive immediate email alerts for employee incident entries. This has 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 assist evaluating the safety programs and employee attitudes globally down to the location level. A dashboard was released during 2017 to quickly display and organize real time safety. This valuable tool assist with reaction to safety and operational trends in the work place. Core Lab considers time crucial to proper case management, and injury prevention.

Occurrence Pyramid 2015 - 2018

Incident Pyramid 2010 - 2018

Incident Type 2010 - 2018

Slips, Trips and Falls - The number of incidents from ST&F have increased slightly from 7 (33%) in 2017 to 9 (43%) in 2018. While still an improvement since 2010 ST&F has gradually increased over the past 2 years.

Cuts or Abrasions - Cuts or abrasions are down from 8 in 2017 to 5 in 2018 accounting for 24% of all recordable incidents in 2018. 4 of the 5 cuts or abrasions occurred in our manufacturing operations. During 2017 and 2018 Core Lab experienced the largest recovery in Production Enhancement resulting in new employee higher along with work load increases to manufacturing, machine shops and warehousing operations.

Lifting - Lifting incidents decreased slightly with 4 in 2017 and 3 (14%) 2018. Back strains continue to account for the majority of high cost cases with lost and restricted days. Despite the low number of cases year over year significant safety improvement opportunities exist in training and ergonomics.

Road Accidents - For the 2nd year in a row the Company recorded ZERO recordable injuries resulting from vehicle accidents. The continuing AlertDriving program has had a major impact on driver awareness over the past five years. Injuries resulting from vehicle accidents have been reduced since the program inception dramatically decreasing medical treatment, lost and restricted day recordable cases. With vehicle driving being one of the most dangerous activities accident severity control is essential.

Short Service Workers 2010 - 2018

Short Service Worker (SSW) incidents significantly increased in the Production Enhancement Segment. 2018 saw an increase to 13 SSW accidents or 62%. Core Lab had seen a reduction in the number of recordable SSW accidents for the 8 previous years.

Of 21 total recordable accidents SSW accident are distributed in 2018 as follows:

  • Company 13
  • Reservoir Description 3
  • Production Enhancement 9
  • G&A 1

Efforts made by Production Enhancement safety management in 2018 resulted in 0 SSW accidents in Q4. These efforts included upper level management meetings with supervisors and operations and area walk-throughs by Executive and local management.

Effective SSW programs remain an opportunity to improve safety performance, and guard against safety performance waning during market recovery.

An effective SSW Program at a minimum:

  1. Management involvement
  2. Motivated mentors
  3. Employees that are engaged immediately with the program
  4. Senior employees vested in the SSW program

AlertDriving training program results

In an effort to increase the skills of our drivers and fleet administration Core Lab Launched the AlertDriving Safety Training Program in February 2014. This training is provided to all employees who operate company-issued vehicles, and those that drive personnel vehicles regularly on company business. This program is designed to increase driver skills, to reduce traffic accidents and violations through an initial hazard perception evaluation and then targeted training assignments pulsed out monthly.

AlertDriving was selected for the quality of their training tools which address specific skill sets needed by Core Lab, and whose packages are creative and interactive. Every employee who operates a vehicle regularly on company business is required to participate in the program.

In 2016 the program was expanded to include post-accident remedial targeted training, in 2017 we introduced MotorMind an interactive advanced training for established drivers and 2018 training included targeted training designed from training results and accident data. FOR THE SECOND YEAR CORE LAB CAN REPORT ZERO EMPLOYEES INJURIED IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON COMPANY BUSINESS. .

Core Lab is committed to vehicle safety and has renewed AlertDriving for an additional 3 years starting February 2017. Again, as an added bonus one family member of each employee enrolled in the program may also take advantage of the training. Click here for complete report PDF.

OSHA NAICS & IFIA Comparison 2010 – 2018

Core Lab reports safety statistics 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. The International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) publishes safety statistics compiled by its members of the Petroleum and Petrochemical Committee.

Typically safety results are published in the 3rd to 4th quarter the following year. Results from OSHA may be available earlier for 2018 as OSHA implements the electronic reporting process in the OSHA’s Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. There is also the possibility that comparisons may change do to the improved and expanded collection along with data management capabilities in the new system. It should not be necessary to wait for the BLS to collate the data as in the past.

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. In 2018 Core Lab outperformed TRIR by 89% and LTIR by 70%.

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