There’s a typically quiet room in the back of our Parachute office that transforms into a bustling activity center like clockwork.
It’s the monthly safety meeting, a standing-room-only event where about 200 people gather to discuss a critical aspect of our work at WPX: job safety.
To adhere to regulatory compliance and to keep certification up to date, safety meetings are required so employees can discuss operations in the field, as well as safety practices that can save lives and prevent accidents.
At a recent meeting, for example, leaders of the safety meetings gave a presentation about the company’s Emergency Response Plan.
“Every month we choose a different topic so we can train everyone as a group,” says Kevin McDermott, safety supervisor in Parachute.
“We pack em’ in. These are the days when our parking lot is filled with trucks of those who typically spend their days checking our natural gas wells, McDermott says.
WPX takes safety seriously. In 2013, our employees in the Piceance Basin worked a total of 516,299 hours and drove 5.5 million miles without a lost-time accident, or LTA. An LTA is a specific reportable incident that employs standards and criteria set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In 2012, our Piceance employees worked 480,926 total hours, drove 5.3 million miles and had two LTAs.