Dan D Drilling Renovates Safety Culture

Dan D Drilling Renovates Safety Culture

After obtaining its last OSHA infraction in 2015, Dan D Drilling assessed its safety program and worked to develop and implement new safety measures.

FREMONT, CA: As an intrinsically risky business to work in, oil and gas drilling has placed a greater emphasis on strengthening safety culture in recent years. Drilling in Oklahoma is no exception. Dan D Drilling, an Oklahoma driller, has made safety a top priority for several years and has taken substantial steps to protect its workers.

After obtaining its last OSHA infraction in 2015, Dan D Drilling assessed its safety program and worked to develop and implement new safety measures. The appointment of Safety Director Billy Paul Fuller in 2014 was the first step in this direction. Fuller, who has worked as an OSHA trainer and is an OSHA Certified Safety and Health Officer, revamped the company's safety plan with his decades of experience.

From 2018 to 2019, the successful implementation of these safety measures resulted in a 75 percent improvement in total recordable incident reports or TRIR. TRIR is the metric employed by OSHA to assess a company's safety, and it shows how frequently employees are harmed. Furthermore, the company's three-year TRIR average has decreased by 40 percent from 2018 to 2020.

The United States Energy Information Administration ranked Oklahoma as the fourth-largest crude oil producer in the United States in 2020. Oklahoma was also the deadliest oil and gas event site since the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010.

Dan D Drilling was established in 1999 and provides drilling services to the petroleum industry in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Dan Darling, the company's owner, started with one rig and has since grown to an eighteen-rig enterprise.