Thanks for taking some time to talk with me Ainslie.
Oh, it’s no problem.
So, how long have you been doing safety with us?
Have you enjoyed doing safety with us?
Yeah, I do enjoy it. You’re actually one of my favourites to work with.
I feel I have family relationships here. You know, lots of close relationships. It’s more like “Oh we’re having the Christmas party” and I love going to them.
We consider you family too.
Good! It’s great working with you guys.
Greatness aside, what’s one of the biggest challenges of the job?
I’d say one of the biggest challenges, or one of my most focused areas is making safety practical and realistic. Because if you’re just throwing forms at people, always making a new form or a policy, that’s not the solution all the time. We have to comply with legislation, but it has to be right sized for what we’re doing.
I know talking to other people I know in fields like oil patch and construction, they say things about how their safety meetings are terrible and so long and boring.
Well, often it’s just a preach. The safety person does the meeting. And I like to facilitate and provide an agenda but it’s our safety meeting. It’s not my safety meeting.
We talk a lot and it’s actually enjoyable.
What about the industry itself? What do you personally feel like some of the biggest safety issues that are encountered?
I know. There’s a lot. It’s probably going to be hard to pick one or two.
Well, driving of course I think would be number one because we do that the most frequently and that’s one of the most dangerous things we do. There’s always driving. Then there’s always H2S, and hydrates and chemicals on site. High pressure is another big one for us. Working alone is a big one.
Many of the hazards our employees encounter, like driving, can’t be avoided. Any sort of general advice on how to reduce risks and potential injury?
That’s why we have our Safe Operating Procedures for people to follow specifically for each individual task. Within those procedures are listed “task steps” as well as hazards and hazard controls. If we are doing a new task, a changed/altered task, or as conditions (including the environment) changes, we need to be doing field level hazard assessments.
Hazard assessments are something that should be done regularly. I don’t mean always filling out a form but taking the time to stop and think. Even at home, before I do something, I’ve neglected to stop and think, and then hurt myself, and thought “You’re an idiot. You’re the safety person. Why didn’t you stop and think?” You don’t always have to write it down but you should always take the time to stop and look at the situation.
It’s a good point. Sometimes we just rush in.
We’re all guilty of that once in a while.
We mentioned the work alone thing. Can you explain our policy for that? What sort of measures we take to keep people safe.
Well, our work alone system has just greatly improved with the new four-head monitors/BlackLine Safety GPS system. That is our new big system.
We’ve always had tracking on the trucks but not on the people. Now we have tracking on the trucks and the people. So that’s a huge improvement. It’s nothing extra our field workers have to wear because it’s their four-head monitor too.
If they have a fall, if they’re knocked down, if they’re exposed to something, it goes off. There are so many benefits to those monitors. We’re way ahead of the game on those. They work as our four head monitor, as our work alone protection, as our call and response, and our emergency device.
It’s been a busy couple weeks at PIT. Everyone is back from holidays now and it’s been a nose to the grindstone kind of month. We’ve got some new hires coming in, have been working on training some others, and rewarded a more seasoned employee.
So, what’s new at PIT?
FlowFit Modular Lubricator Release
A week ago we released our new FlowFit, Flow-T Replacement Lubricator. It’s a design we’ve been working on for quite some time, and we’re very happy with how it came out!
Traditionally, Flow-T’s can be a pain to remove and replace on a wellhead. The FlowFit drastically reduces the amount of time and money wasted during these installations. It’s an all machine forged, no weld design that bolts directly to the Master Valve and the Wing Valve. This means that the only thing that needs to be replaced is the Flow-T itself, allowing the valves to remain in place. The added convenience of the FlowFit lubricator can save up to $27,000 in costs for the producer.
Curling the Night Away
PIT has been a proud part of the Annual Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel for many years. We are both a regular sponsor of the event and a regular competitor in the tournament.
This year the PIT Crew was represented by Mark Sutherland, Brett and Kevin Kroetsch, and Dan Boutin. This team has been a top contender in the past, often kicking butt and placing in the tournament. Unfortunately, this year the ice was against us.
The PIT team won their first match, placing them in the A level of the competition. They went on to play in the Saturday portion of the bonspiel and were eliminated Saturday evening. The team that beat them went on to win the entire tournament and we congratulate them on their victory.
We’d like to thank the community and the Red Deer Oilmen for allowing us to be a part of this fun and exciting event for another year.
A New Truck for an Experienced Employee
Those of you that have worked with PIT before will undoubtedly have met Laura-Gene Haga; or LG, as we often call her. LG has been a member of the PIT Crew for over five years. Located in the Red Deer office, LG works as our Oil Engineering Technologist. Always hustling and bustling, Laura-Gene can be found in the field just as much as in her upstairs office, showing us again and again just how hard of a worker she can be.
As a thank you for all the hard work she’s given us over the years, we wanted to do something special to show LG how appreciated she is. And nothing seemed better suited than a brand new Dodge for her to do all her business in.
We hope you like the new truck, LG.
Christmas is over. New Year’s Eve is only a few sleeps away. With all the party planning, present shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, and general merry-making, December is one hectic month. In the brief lull between holidays, we’ve managed to rouse ourselves from our turkey coma. Now it’s time to take a few moments to reflect on 2017.
So, how was our 2017? Well, for starters, we survived it. This year sometimes felt like a never-ending storm of global scandal, geopolitical conflict, natural disasters, and weekly crisis’. But hey, we survived! And if you’re reading this, you did too! That in itself is something worth celebrating.
On the PIT front, we’ve had a busy year. In the last half of the year, we saw our team expand more and more. Our staff numbers climbed ever higher in order to help service more wells, help assist more clients, and help the PIT ship sail more smoothly.
Our Cloud Controller (PitBoss Cloud) brought the Internet of Things and Big Data to many new locations and clients. It’s a revolutionary new technology that more and more people are discovering it all the time. It has near infinite uses and applications. It can move and process so much data that we are only restricted by how quickly we can add new uses and ideas to it! It’s our highest value product.
We rolled out our new FL3 fluid level automated unit. What started as an idea is now a fully functional unit capable of automatically taking fluid levels in almost any type of well. It can even send the data remotely if that’s what you need! Included in the unit is our new generation of Pump Off Controllers, Total Well Management when integrated to our Cloud Controller, plunger tracking, and more!
PIT invented the HybridLift! This revolutionary approach to well life cycle design utilizes a combination of some of our bestselling services to create something never seen! Keep your eyes peeled in 2018 as the HybridLift rolls out into our products and services sometime in 2018.
The Methane Leak and Gas Migration measurement is here! We’re ready for the new Federal Legislation and can help you and all our clients be compliant with rules and regulations throughout 2018.
We had a jam-packed and fun-filled year at PIT. We were always busy but we love what we do so we can’t really complain! Most of all we’re excited to see what next year will hold. Are you ready for 2018 like we are?