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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 will be more accessible, reliable and accurate.

Management, Supervisors and Safety Officers are now able to receive immediate email alerts for 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 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 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.

Occurrence Pyramid 2015 - 2017

Incident Pyramid 2010 - 2017

Incident Type 2010 - 2017

Slips, Trips and Falls accounted for 36% of the recordable incidents over the past 8 years. The number of incidents from ST&F have remained the same from 7 (30%) in 2016 to 7 (33%) in 2017. This is still a noticeable improvement from previous years ST&F accident frequency.

Cuts or Abrasions accounted for 26% of the recordable incident over the past 8 years. Cuts or abrasions are up slightly from 7 in 2016 to 8 in 2017 accounting for 38% of all recordable incidents in 2017. While the number of Cuts or Abrasions is significantly down from previous years in 2017 for the first times cuts or abrasions exceeded ST&F's as the number one incident type. During 2017 Core Lab experienced the largest recovery in Production Enhancement resulting in new employee higher along with work load increase to manufacturing, machine shops and warehousing operations.

Lifting accounted for 14% of the recordable incidents over the past 8 years. Lifting incidents remained the sameat4 in 2016 and 2017 accounting for 19% of all recordable incidents in 2017. 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 accounted for 9% of the recordable incidents over the past 8 years. For the first time 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 four 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 - 2017

Short Service Worker (SSW) incidents were again reduced by 17% with 5 recordable SSW cases in 2016 compared to 6 in 2017. Core Lab has seen a reduction in the number of recordable SSW accidents for 8 continuous years.

However, this achievement has been tempered as the percentage of SSW to all recordable accidents remained around 45% year over year. For 2016 and 2017 this percentage has drop to 27% and 24%.

This achievement at first glance could be thought the result of current lower market conditions and reduced headcounts. However, divisions which operates in the down-stream sector has seen an increase of employees from 2015 to 2017 and represents the majority of Core Labs exposure to SSW accidents.

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, and in 2017 we will introduce MotorMind an interactive advanced training for established drivers. FOR THE FIRST TIME CORE LAB CAN REPORT ZERO EMPLOYEES SERIOUSLY INJURIED IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON COMPANY BUSINESS. Additional only one non-recordable vehicle accident injury with minor bruises was recorded.

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 Comparison 2008 - 2017

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.

Typically safety results are published in the 3rd to 4th quarter the following year. Results from OSHA may be made earlier in 2017 or 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 2016 Core Lab outperformed TRIR by 56% and LTIR by 70%.

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