OPEX helped an oil and gas operator to understand the persistent causes of safety incidents on their offshore assets through an innovative approach that combines data science and predictive technologies with behavioural psychology.

The Challenge

Our customer wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying causes of offshore safety incidents at a time when they were bringing a new asset online and introducing new working practices.

We approached this challenge on two fronts.

Firstly, we wanted to understand and quantify the levels of behavioural risk across the customer’s assets so that we could reveal their unique ‘behavioural DNA’

We also wanted to make use of the huge volumes of HSE and asset data to identify any factors that were amplifying the risk of offshore incidents.

Our Approach

Working closely with a leading behavioural psychologist, OPEX developed a new behavioural survey tool which was rolled out to the core crew on the operator’s assets.

This survey revealed respondents’ natural disposition to risk and measured their people and process behaviours. The survey also incorporated analysis of the workforce sentiment and mood.

In parallel to this we also collated masses of structured and unstructured HSE and asset data. Using data science techniques, we were able to turn this data into meaningful insights that highlighted some surprising factors that were impacting and driving behavioural risk.

Key Insights and Actions

Our analysis highlighted a direct correlation between the risk profiles of the core crews on each platform and the incident histories; the platform demonstrating the highest behavioural risk also had the highest frequency of severe safety incidents.

The data provided a clear picture of the levels of process and people behaviours across the assets, split by crew and department, allowing training to be targeted where needed most.

Analysis also revealed the impact that the time of day, management practices and workforce sentiment had on the frequency of incidents – leading to a number of remedial recommendations including;

  • Consider a re-org of the offshore workforce and rotations taking behavioural risk profiles into account.
  • Focus on strengthening specific management practices including goal setting, worksite comms and real time feedback.
  • Strengthen control measures on smaller assets to reflect less supervisory capacity.
  • Initiate a study into systemic causes of incidents occurring at the same time of day.
  • Review methods of corporate communications to the offshore workforce.

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