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How Safety Got Its Swagger

How Safety Got Its Swagger

“Rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

That’s what J. Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil, said was his formula for success. It’s hard to argue with that. Heck, it made him a billionaire. Today, oil producers focus on more than just profits, though. They are focused on safety.

“Safety is more prominent than ever in our culture,” says Brad Minick, Operations Manager for Nomac Drilling, LLC. “While it can save the company money, the main thing is that we care about our people. We want our guys to go home to their families.” And, Nomac is going all out  to encourage and celebrate safety on their rigs.

Rig 11 crew

Recently, Rig 11 achieved a new milestone. “They went six years without a Recordable,” said Brad. “That’s the best record Nomac has ever had.” According to OSHA guidelines, a “recordable” is any injury that causes medical treatment beyond first aid, including death. Six years without any missed days due to injury in your office might not be a big deal, but when an oil rig crew goes that long, it’s cause for a celebration!

Rig 11 celebration

To get the party started, Nomac treated the crew and their families to a special dinner at the world-renowned Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City’s historical Stockyards City. After a few words from Nomac’s president, Jay Minmier, and other senior managers, the company took the opportunity to show the crew how important safety is to them.

“The guys received bonus checks based on their years of service, but they also got all kinds of cool gear like camping chairs and speakers,” said Brad. “They love that kind of stuff and respond really well to it.”

Nomac Safety Rewards

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) specialists at Nomac worked with the SwagExperts at ROBYN to develop an employee recognition program filled with an incredible assortment of branded gear to give to the crew as a token of the company’s appreciation. From caps and jackets to Bluetooth speakers and camping chairs, there was something for everyone.

Studies show that companies with a “recognition-rich culture” have a 31% lower voluntary turnover rate. Keeping good employees on the job keeps the work environment running smoothly. While we can’t guarantee to keep your office accident free for six years like Nomac’s Rig 11, working with ROBYN to develop an employee recognition program is certainly a step in the right direction. Give us a shout. Let’s work together to fuel your profits!