Irishman Alan Doyle is a drilling supervisor on the Al Jassra rig in Qatar. Having also spent time in the North Sea and on other rigs in Qatar’s Al Shaheen field, he has plenty of experience of safety on the front line. He tells us what working safely means to him.

 

MY ROLE ON THE RIG ...

I supervise the overall safety of operations (drilling, logistics etc.) on Al Jassra in Qatar. I coordinate ongoing and upcoming activities, making sure we have the right equipment and materials to get the job done. I was part of the start-up of Gus Androes, and I’m bringing some of that learning with me. Al Jassra is an entirely new rig and they are all slightly different, so we have to get to know her ways of working. We’re also a new crew, so we have to get to know each other as well.

 

LIFE ON A RIG IS ...

Hard. We have a saying: “The only easy day was yesterday”. But once you’ve tried it, you get hooked!

TO ME, INCIDENT-FREE MEANS ...

Zero incidents. On a new rig that means getting out on the drilling floor and showing the crew how we need to do things in an incident-free manner. It’s important to do the shifts with the crews in the beginning – so everyone knows exactly what’s expected of them. We’re lucky to have some really good safety coaches here, and they are doing a great job.

 

Incident-Free is also about eliminating any risk mentality (which causes half of all incidents), and about communication – knowing what’s expected of you, and not being afraid to speak up. That’s my Incident-Free philosophy.

 

THE BEST THING ABOUT MY JOB IS ...

The satisfaction when everybody in the team goes home safely, with no injuries, knowing the job was done and that the well is going in the right direction. Basically, for me it’s like Christmas out here once a month when everybody goes home safely – and Incident-Free is key to getting that wish fulfilled.

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