Maersk Oil Kazakhstan has passed a significant and happy anniversary, notching up more than one year since its last Lost Time Injury (LTI).


The numbers involved are impressive: 3.68 million man-hours, and 15 months since the last LTI, and more than nine months since the last High Potential incident (HiPo).


“We are very proud of these achievements; however we fully understand that we are still vulnerable and our goal is to sustain good safety performance and work even harder to make Maersk Oil Kazakhstan an Incident-Free operation,” says Aidyngali Tyshkanbayev, Head of HSE in Maersk Oil Kazakhstan.


“We are continually striving to learn lessons and are working towards closing our 'Topset' investigation actions year-to-date, despite not having had a HiPo in 2016. That’s why every day we ask ourselves: Where is the next place we could have a HiPo or recordable incident? Are we confident that we are doing the right things to prevent a repeat of incidents? It’s right at the front of our minds.”


Tyshkanbayev says the implementation of Control of Work initiatives, which have improved task risk assessment, added the toolbox talks, and strengthened permit-to-work and work supervision have been essential to the success.


“Introducing new Incident-Free Life-Saving Rules with a formal training rollout and a message about responsibility to follow them. What has also been important is the visibility of the leadership team in the field. That was backed by a leadership team weekly commitment, and spurred advanced safety conversations with workers and contractors,” he says.


Crucially, he adds, the success was down to a change in mindset. “We began our Incident Free journey in 2011 and you don’t get results like this overnight. We are seeing the fruits of those commitments and it makes me very proud to see a safety record like the one we have today.”

Aidyngali Tyshkanbayev, Head of HSE in Maersk Oil Kazakhstan.