Bakken Team Earns Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Award
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Bakken Team Earns Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Award

DENVER, August 28, 2017

The Hess Bakken Facilities Construction Team has earned industry recognition for its extraordinary safety record.

In the past three years, the team worked more than 2.5 million hours without a recordable injury while also reducing high-potential incidents and first aid cases. The last OSHA recordable injury occurred in November 2014.

At a celebration during the August 24 Colorado Oil & Gas Association's Energy Summit in Denver, the team earned a Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Award for excellence in health and safety.

"It was a team effort of improvement and top quartile safety performance," said Brandon Herda, ‎Manager, Environmental Health and Safety for the Hess Bakken Well Factory and Infrastructure.

"This is more than seeking a trophy for a shelf. This is about recognizing the hundreds and hundreds of workers who consistently take pride in their work and show respect for each other, going home safe every day," he added.

Now in their fifth year, Oil and Gas Awards celebrate excellence in environmental stewardship, health and safety, corporate social responsibility, operational excellence and innovation. Judges select winners annually through competitions in four geographic areas across the US and Canada.

The Rocky Mountain region runs west to the US Pacific coast from North Dakota, South Dakota, central Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association and The U.S Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring this year's Rocky Mountain Awards.

Herda completed the application in collaboration with Eric Rolli, Hess Well Factory Infrastructure Manager, Russell Gifford, Team Lead, Hess Well Factory Facilities and former Functional Manager, Stacey Nachbaur.  Nachbaur is now Operations Manager in Keene, N.D.

The award application details how the Facilities Construction team reversed a troubling safety record through the use of Lean methodologies, behavior-based safety observations, contractor field safety engagements and leadership site visits.

"Early in the Hess Bakken Program, the Facilities Construction team encountered significant increases in the number of high potential severe incidents, recordable injuries, environmental impacts, and overhead/underground line strikes," the application notes.

In 2014, the team began systematically addressing those issues. Along with Lean practices such as standard work and an emphasis on continuous improvement, the team reevaluated the ways it works with contractors.  This approach reduced the numbers of contractors worked with in favor of focused, trusted business partnerships. "We improved contractor engagement and communication, stressing the one team approach and the great things we can accomplish together as partners," Gifford said.

"We focused on working hand-in-hand with our trusted business partners to improve our safety culture."

The team routinely holds field safety meetings to discuss concerns and trends that reinforce the use of Stop Work Authority.

"At Hess, everyone has the authority and obligation to stop the job for concerns regarding the safety of personnel," Gifford said.  He, Rolli, and Nachbaur say they firmly believe in the motto: "Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday Home Safe."