Health, Safety, and Environmental
At Montco, we are committed to safety in the workplace. As our Mission Statement points out, we strive to provide the safest workplace offshore and we are ALWAYS conscious of getting our crews and customer's passengers back home after each hitch in as good, if not better, condition as when they left home to go to work.
Safety Program Components
PASS - Behavior-Based Safety Program empowers our employees to be more actively involved in specifying, defining and assessing correct safety practices.
JSA - Job Safety Analysis essential tool for safely planning jobs.
SSE - Short Service Employee Program assists new hires through the first 6-month of employment by providing specialized training and mentoring.
Safety Committee - Comprised of office management, shore-based maintenance personnel and employees from each position on the vessels. They are in charge of investigating and reviewing accidents and near-misses in order to eliminate preventable incidences.
Quarterly Supervisors' Meetings - Open forum gathering of management and vessel officers to exchange information on safety & environmental statistics as well as field feedback on ways to enhance safety aboard the vessels.
Weekly On-Vessel/Shore-Based Safety Meetings - Site-specific safety & environmental issues are discussed in detail as well as reviewing any recent incidents or near-misses that may have occurred.
In-House and 3rd Party Training Sessions - In addition to providing a training-fee reimbursement plan for outsourced training, we provide employees with direct access to training on topics such as OSHA required training (e.g. back safety, HAZCOM, ), USCG required licensing & training (e.g. GMDSS, STCW); as well as industry-specific training (e.g. crane operation certification, rigger certification)
Safety Program Statistics
The table below summarizes incident information for the most recent full years of our company. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) data is included (if applicable).
Safety Program Components Summary
Behavior Based Safety
Montco's behavior process approach is employee driven and establishes the basis for proactive management of and continuous involvement in occupational safety and the factors that contribute to the occurrence of an incident, in other words worker behavior and workplace culture. This process allows us to track the ratio of 'safe' to 'at risk' behaviors through the use of observation data.
Our behavior-based approach to safety empowers workers to be more actively involved in specifying, defining and assessing correct safety practices. Safe behaviors are defined and objectively described through observation so that it is clear to all parties (management and workers) exactly what the employees should do and how they should do it. These expectations are documented. Employees are randomly observed using PASS (Personnel Awareness Strengthens Safety) observation cards at which time both 'safe' and 'at risk' behaviors will be defined, and measured to positively identify areas in need of improvement. This employee based, 'self-managed' process has already shown to increase behavioral awareness and motivate worker adherence to our safety performance standards.
Job Safety Analysis
Job safety (or hazard) analysis is a careful study and record of each step of a job, focusing on the identification of existing or potential hazards to workers' health and safety. By describing hazards in detail, it enables those concerned to devise methods and procedures that can reduce or eliminate these hazards. It has proved to be especially well suited to the discovery of hidden dangers, thus achieving one of the principal objectives of any comprehensive audit. Hidden dangers are the most insidious because they threaten us without our knowing it and keep us from taking appropriate precautions.
Montco employees are responsible for their own Job Safety Analyses. The identification of hazards is a crucial component of any successful safety program and requires careful attention. This component of our safety program has assisted us in devising a practical and reliable hazard identification system, from detailed, single-job hazard analyses to comprehensive company wide audits.
Short Service Employee Program
Personnel with less than six (6) months of current continuous service with Montco Offshore Incorporated are considered a 'Short Service Employee', (unless exempt).
All Short Service Employees will be required to wear a safety hat distinguished by a sticker (SSE) signifying he is a Short Service Employee until such time as his Short Service term (six (6) months) has lapsed and successfully completed. During this time, the vessel captain, serves as a mentor and has reviews with the Short Service Employee regarding any additional hazards associated with any specific task as well as any emergency equipment of procedures under his job responsibilities.
In order to remove an employee from Short Service Employee status, Montco Offshore Incorporated must be convinced that the Short Service Employee has a good working knowledge of both our Company's as well as the Client's safety policies and has demonstrated safe work behavior for six (6) months. Only after meeting these prerequisites can an employee be removed from the Short Service Employee process. Montco's new employee orientation includes a review of our safety policy regarding SSE, as well as the safety policies of the operator for whom we are working at the time. The topics discussed include but are not limited to: proper clothing, personal protective equipment, proper lifting techniques, correct tool usage, hand signals, and JSA planning.