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The Cockpit Gradient: A Lesson from Aviation for Drilling Operations

The Cockpit Gradient: A Lesson from Aviation for Drilling Operations

The aviation industry’s concept of the “Cockpit Gradient” offers valuable insights for improving safety in drilling operations. This established hierarchy, where the captain holds ultimate decision-making authority, ensures clear communication and streamlined decision-making in critical situations. The effectiveness of this hierarchy hinges on the balance of power between the captain and the first officer. AContinue reading “The Cockpit Gradient: A Lesson from Aviation for Drilling Operations”

Speak Up, Stay Safe: Building Psychological Safety in Drilling Operations

Speak Up, Stay Safe: Building Psychological Safety in Drilling Operations

Lost Time Incidents Lost Time Incidents (LTIs) are a major concern in drilling operations. Worryingly, data from IADC reports for 2021/22 suggests a troubling trend: a significant portion of these incidents could have been prevented by someone simply speaking up. This highlights the crucial role of psychological safety in creating a work environment where crewContinue reading “Speak Up, Stay Safe: Building Psychological Safety in Drilling Operations”

Safety First, Results Later? Why Drilling Also Needs Human-Centred Solutions

Safety First, Results Later? Why Drilling Also Needs Human-Centred Solutions

By Christiaan McLeod, Mission Performance CRM Instructor Drilling is a complex dance – a high-pressure environment demanding peak performance from people and machines.  Safety Management Systems (SMS) are a crucial tool, but a sobering fact emerges from the IADC’s 2022 Incident Statistics Program Annual Report: Even with SMS, incidents are on the rise. The report revealsContinue reading “Safety First, Results Later? Why Drilling Also Needs Human-Centred Solutions”

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