WWJ Closeup, June 2024

Published On: May 16, 2024By Categories: Safety, WWJ Closeup

BRAD KIRCKOF
Operations Manager and DOT/Safety Director
Traut Companies
St. Joseph, Minnesota

TOP DOT ISSUE YOUR COMPANY AND INDUSTRY FACE?
Making the rigs legal weight for the roads without needing to get a permit. We’re loading and reloading to be able to get the things we need to get the job done because not all wells require the same amount of material.

MOST OVERLOOKED DOT REGULATION BY THE INDUSTRY?
Worn-out suspension or frame components. Out of sight, out of mind, and hard to repair when they go bad. It’s also very costly to repair or replace. The cost continues to rise on replacement rigs and the time to repair suspension and frame is a lost day’s drilling.

FAVORITE SAFETY RESOURCE?
One is OSHA’s “Toolbox Talks.” It’s free and has many different topics for each month. We also work closely with our third-party safety partners with safety audits, plans, and changes as needed to assure our safety is current to the tasks being performed and accurate.

NEW HIRE SAFETY MEANS WHAT?
Be patient. Safety is the most important thing for our staff to understand and retain. New hire safety training also gives us an understanding of what the employee enjoys and strives to do. This helps us align them with their job and proper safety techniques to complete it.

MOST COMMON SAFETY MISTAKE YOU SEE?
Staying in the moment and maintaining focus. There are so many things happening in a person’s day both internally and externally at work they forget about the risks of the task at hand. Keeping composure and focus is just as important as using the proper PPE.

HOW CAN SAFETY TAILGATE TALKS BE MOST EFFECTIVE?
We complete a safety tailgate sheet/talk prior to the start of the day/shift change. Every team member must be empowered to speak up or shut down a jobsite due to any safety concerns. A Traut safety form is submitted daily to the manager and safety director for review and follow-up if needed.

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