Scorpion Oilfield Services takes safety very seriously – it is as important to us as it is to our customers. One of our highest priorities is making sure everyone works safe and goes home safely at the end of the day.
Shannon Ahlquist heads up safety at Scorpion. She has been with the company for 10 years, has her NCSO, and is working towards achieving her CRSP. However, all the staff at Scorpion are very involved with safety, be it through monthly safety meetings, creating JSA’s, completing Hazard IDs / Positive Observations, or participating in safety moments.
The team at Scorpion is trained to put safety first right from the start. All new workers receive orientation before starting which includes training on eliminating hazards in the workplace, WHMIS, TDG, Hours of Service, company policies, and more. As an added layer of safety, new workers are paired with a competent mentor until they have completed their training. Finally, supervisors have a sit-down meeting with the new hire to review competency before being signed off and allowed to work by themselves.
When it comes to documentation and planning, our team is very thorough. Scorpion has policies and procedures, regular equipment audits, and field supervisor checklists at set intervals. This is to ensure that equipment and people are optimally performing well above industry standards.
The drive for safety even impacts our equipment inspection and maintenance. Scorpion’s maintenance department boasts an SGI-accredited shop with well-trained staff able to complete our strict in-house preventative maintenance program and our own tank inspections.
Our attention to safety naturally extends out to work locations. Workers complete a Task Hazard Assessment (THA) at each location before starting their task. This includes a review of applicable Job Safety Analysis (JSA’s) – discussing and eliminating any hazards found on location to mitigate any unsafe work conditions.
“Safety is our #1 priority in both the office and the field,” notes Shannon. “That is what we strive for daily. At the end of the day, our top three safety goals are to have a zero-incident workplace, ensuring everyone goes home safe, and making sure everyone is aware of their right to refuse unsafe work conditions.”
Scorpion is ISO 9001:2015 and COR certified, and at our last external audit we were well above the industry average.