Coalinga’s employee team has achieved an 18-years-safe milestone.
That means that for 6,570 days straight Coalinga employees performed their jobs without a single OSHA-reportable injury.
What made the milestone possible?
“A strong safety culture has evolved at Coalinga,” said Ed Patterson, the field’s operations manager.
The 39-member team follows the same safety and accident prevention processes and techniques used throughout Aera. That includes the California Accident Prevention Process (CAPP), a behavior-based safety program.
In addition, Coalinga’s field crew meets every morning to discuss safety and any new issues that may have surfaced. One Tuesday a month, all Coalinga personnel gather with contractors who work at the lease. Together, they review processes, standards and recent events with an eye on improvement. Once a month, the Coalinga crew also meets with Aera and contractor leadership to talk about safety.
“We strive hard to follow all safety policies and procedures,” said Bob Hackworth, a process specialist who’s worked at the Coalinga field for 29 years. “We don’t take short cuts.”
Patterson said Coalinga’s team is like a family that focuses on the health and well-being of each member.
“We’re a small production unit that works together all day, every day,” he said. “We’re like family.”
“We’re always watching out for ourselves as well as our contractors, who are also a part of our family,” Hackworth said.
“It takes everyone’s commitment to achieve our safety goal,” said Patterson. “I’m honored to be part of the Coalinga team and look forward to Aera’s continued success with safety.”
The Coalinga field has been yielding heavy crude oil since 1913. Today, it produces 7,000 barrels of oil a day.