There is no doubt that the oil and natural gas industry can be hazardous, but with specifically targeted programs, we can help our employees and our contractors to go home each day and then return to work safety.

We call one of those programs “SIF” for serious injuries and fatalities. While we are dedicated to preventing all injuries, we pay special attention to hazardous situations that could result in life-altering injury or even death.

By raising awareness of those types of dangers since 2011, our safety awareness is higher across the board.

We have identified several SIF precursors that we view as red flags. Examples include: mechanical lifting and rigging, extreme weather, working at heights, working in a confined space, energy isolation and changes in the scope of work.

By identifying these and other precursors, we are changing the way our employees and contractors approach their jobs. We stop to identify and talk about specific SIF precursors before we start every job. We identify the risks and discuss measures we will take to avoid them.

Work environments are dynamic, and safety incidents can happen. When they do, we specifically investigate SIF incidents and near misses to understand the root causes. We determine corrective action and communicate our findings to executive leadership. Our contractors abide by the same standards in their response to incidents and near misses.

This program resulted in a decline in our recordable injury rate among our employees and our contractors. From 2012 to 2015, we saw the rate fall from 1.24 injuries per 200,000 hours worked to .43 injuries per 200,000 hours worked.

Through our SIF program, we are developing a stronger corporate culture around safety. By making safety an expectation, our employees and contractors have become advocates for safety through the SIF focus and other Devon safety programs. 

Updated: September 2016