WWJ Closeup, June 2023

Published On: May 22, 2023By Categories: Safety, WWJ Closeup

DAVID MESSINA, CSP
Director of Health and Safety
Yellow Jacket Drilling Services LLC
Phoenix, Arizona

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
I wish I could have been more in tune with the whole social networking side of a career sooner. The more time I have in this industry, the more I appreciate the value of having relationships with subject matter experts who you can run ideas and questions by.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Working with the crews in the field and finding solutions that keep them safe. Most importantly, using their input to find solutions that are easily integrated into their work habits. “Solutions” that are not readily integrated into processes in the field are not really solutions.

SMART SAFETY FOR WATER WELL CONTRACTORS MEANS?
It means working in a manner that prevents injuries or property damage but still allows for work to get done. It is possible to be efficient, productive, and safe. It just requires good communication and teamwork.

THE MOST COMMON SAFETY MISTAKE YOU SEE?
It’s not even close—the lack of situational awareness is the most common safety mistake. People get so caught up in the moment that they forget to look at what hazards they may be exposing themselves to. This is why taking time for safety and discussion is so vital.

FAVORITE SAFETY RESOURCE?
There are lots of websites and resources for safety regulations and such, but my favorite resource is talking to the most experienced worker onsite. I know the regulations. It is the nuances of the task being completed that an experienced worker can share that gives me better perspective.

HOW CAN SAFETY TAILGATE TALKS BE MORE ENGAGING?
By getting everyone involved! I generally ask the new guy to lead the conversation and I really listen to what they have to say and give feedback. I also do not allow for generic talking points. Get the conversation going and require everyone to participate in a meaningful way.

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