Safety During Extended Work Days

13-Aug-2020

By: Issac Dantin

A message to field leaders:

About a year ago I watched a few episodes of a series called Doomsday Preppers. I was intrigued to see the different ways people prepared for catastrophic events, from a meteor striking Earth to a zombie apocalypse. While most scenarios are far-fetched, the great majority of people don’t believe a world event would ever happen … or should I say “didn’t” believe a world event would ever happen. Yet here we are. 

Maybe we are not stashing MREs in PVC containers or installing barbed wire on the perimeters of our property, but we have been preparing to overcome the obstacles that this pandemic has presented to us. We have learned and are continuing to learn ways to live, survive and thrive through this new and unprecedented way of life. We have been blessed with jobs to support our families while many are struggling each and every day.

So I shift my train of thought to protecting our livelihoods. The first thing we must consider is our health. If we are not healthy, we cannot provide the service that is needed. By this time you have been well educated on how to combat this virus. Wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands frequently are household actions that have been and will continue to be communicated until we are through this. But what about other areas of our daily lives where our health plays a big part?

We have recently seen an increase in dehydration cases. Yes, this is also a topic that is communicated very often and, in most cases, year round. However, we have an added element to this hazard and risk: extended work days.

Due to the virus, many of you have been working extended shifts. A 14 and 14 hitch is now in some cases a 21 and 21 or even a 28 and 28. Some employees are working straight days that exceed these numbers, not to mention the amount of quarantine days that may be required depending on your customer. If you throw in an extremely hot summer, the fatigue on our bodies starts to take its toll.

Those of you who are quarantined for days before showing up to your work location, remember that your body has not been acclimated to heat or strenuous activity during that time. You will need to adjust slowly rather than jumping right in.

Now is the time to take a step back and evaluate your health and the health of your co-workers. Communication is our biggest tool. If you recognize fatigue, please contact your account manager or project manager. Let someone know that a time-out has to be called before anyone becomes dehydrated. Please take the time to share these tips and this poster with your work groups. We are in the hottest days. Make sure you stay hydrated.

Thanks,

Your safety team

 


 

Issac DantinIssac began his career at Danos in 1996 as a roustabout at the Leeville shorebase and worked his way to shorebase supervisor. He was named Field Employee of the Year in 2007 and was later hired on by Chevron. He returned to Danos in 2010 and currently serves as safety director.


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