ISS employees are currently providing safety services in Kenedy, Texas. Kenedy is a small town approximately 80 miles south of San Antonio. The project area runs west to east from McMullen to Lavaca County, known as part of the Eagle Ford Shale. From January 1 to June 30, the man hours for Kenedy operations were 1,600,000.
ISS personnel are serving as Safety & Environmental Representatives for these operations. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to; well site safety, mentoring and coaching of company representatives, training of all personnel working on location of company policy and procedure (as well as communicating safety expectations), develop and present monthly focused safety campaigns, develop and distribute safety bulletins and alerts, investigate all incidents, coordinate with vendors and attend management reviews after a significant incident, and update weekly reports. "There is no them and us, it's a team, said James Miller (ISS Employee). Our jobs are accomplished with the support from our completions site safety reps, rig move safety reps and construction safety reps.”
ISS safety personnel are currently overseeing simultaneous operations to include drilling rigs, coil tubing units, snubbing units/work over rigs, flow back operations, frac crews and numerous construction projects (to include building roads to and from the work locations). As with any project, one of the largest challenges faced as safety representatives is earning the trust of the work force and getting them committed to safety.
The work force in Eagle Ford is extremely diverse. "Communication can be a challenge from time to time, but we have bilingual staff members that are able to translate. James Miller explains, there are instances in which we receive push back on our methods of keeping people safe. But, after a while of working with us, they realize that we are here to assure that they return safely to their families.”