Senex maintains solid safety performance during increased work activity, with a focus on improvements to our safety culture, systems and processes.
With safety at the heart of everything we do, we are disappointed with our decline in safety performance this year. We take our commitment to provide a safe environment for our people and contractors very seriously, and have redoubled our efforts to improve our overall risk awareness, contractor management processes, systems and safety culture.
Tracking and measuring our safety performance is critical to ensuring we are appropriately and effectively implementing our safety frameworks.
Unfortunately, we experienced a total of six recordable injuries during the financial year; five in the Cooper Basin and one in the Surat Basin. Of the total injuries, three were sustained by third-party drilling contractors and three by Senex operators. Three injuries were the result of either a slip, trip or fall mechanism, two were attributed to hands and fingers being caught in pinch points and one was a musculoskeletal injury from lifting an object.
In order to address the root cause of incidents, particularly in our drilling and completions activities, renewed focus has been placed on personal risk awareness and contractor safety management. To prevent the likelihood of reoccurrence, each incident was comprehensively reviewed, lessons learned were captured and mitigating actions were implemented. We are also working with our industry partners to share learnings so that we can strive to reduce our injuries to zero.
Senex continued to focus on improving its health and safety management systems during the year, supporting the implementation of the key processes required to ensure operations will be safe and reliable.
In FY18 Senex:
- rolled out new Permit to Work and Isolation systems and training across all operational sites;
- delivered a Senex specific hazard identification tool for workers
to use when conducting risk assessments (RA) and job hazard
- tested existing emergency management systems and internal
capability through an annual company-wide crisis and emergency management exercise in the Cooper Basin;
- provided First Aid training to all field personnel in Surat and Cooper Basins, strengthening emergency medical response capability; and
- approved the development of a new incident reporting and audit management system to be implemented in FY19.
Senex remains active in the Safer Together initiative, a Queensland natural gas industry safety forum established in 2014, with more than 90 member companies. Participation in this group reinforces our commitment to consistent and continuous improvement of safety standards across the industry.
Senex led the launch of the Cooper Medivac 24 night-vision capable helicopter in the Cooper Basin in 2014. The first of its kind in Australia, this initiative reflects our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of workers, residents and visitors to this remote area of Australia. Read more
Senex has proudly held a corporate sponsorship with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations since 2013. In 2017, Senex committed to a further three years to the RFDS. The continued investment in Senex’s own safety initiatives and the RFDS not only provides world-class medical care to landholders and its remote workforce in an emergency, but a better-equipped Flying Doctor benefits the entire community. Read more