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Michael Dodick to Speak on Human Factors at the IADC HSE&T Conference

Posted by Dana Frawley on Feb 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Michael "Buck" Dodick will be speaking at the IADC HSE&T Conference & Exhibition in Houston this week. His presentation,Human Performance: The Key to Rig Mobilization Improvement, is on Day 1 (Tuesday, February 2nd) at 11:30am.

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Topics: Rig Mobilization, Oil & Gas

Fighting the War on Human Error

Posted by Dana Frawley on Jun 2, 2015 8:25:37 AM

Last week, Check-6 attended the Offshore Well Control Conference here in Houston, Texas. The second year we've exhibit and presented at the event, this year Dan "Geezer" Gilkey presented Fighting the War on Human Error.

Gilkey, a former USMC AV-8B Harrier Instructor Pilot and Gulfstream Corporate Pilot, gave a compelling presentation on applying the best practices and lessons learned from the United States Marine Corps to the Oil & Gas industry. The struggles that the O&G industry is fighting are the exact same struggles in military aviation. Both industries are in the endless war on human error! Preventing human error is not just related to safety. While people are always our most valuable resource, human error consumes other valuable resources and is the perpetual enemy of performance and efficiency.

The lessons learned in military combat and aviation have a tremendous amount to offer to Oil & Gas, both in Human Factors training, and regulatory overcompensation. We have entered an era that will change the industry forever. Some safety practitioners feel that by piling on more policies and procedures into the organization, the organization will fix the people. Unfortunately, human error is inevitable and it’s personal. The only way to manage change a culture is through a systematic method of crosschecks, mutual support, and leadership.

The lessons learned in military combat and aviation have a tremendous amount to offer to Oil & Gas, both in Human Factors training, and regulatory overcompensation. We need to understand that we are human and will make errors. The only way to manage that fact is through a systematic method of crosschecks, mutual support, and leadership. Crosschecks are built on the knowledge of human behavior. If we know a human will fail under certain circumstances, we mitigate the circumstance through the use of standardized procedures and checklists. Mutual Support eliminates single point failures and adds another set of eyes to the job. A combat pilot never flies without his wingman! Mutual Support also implies a culture of continuous training and mentorship. Training frequency should not be measured in years, but in days. It should happen every day on every job.

Denise & Goober talking Well Control VI at the Offshore Well Control Conference
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Check-6 Featured in Flowline Magazine

Posted by Dana Frawley on Feb 22, 2013 10:28:42 AM

"Kendall "Thumper" Switzer and Joseph "Gonzo" Barnes recently spent 11 days working with the crew of the Stena IceMax. Their contributions were the subject of a story in Stena's company magazine called "Flowline."

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Topics: Safety, Training Systems, Mining

Brian Brurud Founder of Check-6 Speaks at TEDx

Posted by Dana Frawley on Dec 6, 2012 4:43:30 PM

Use What You Have at Hand

Brian Brurud at TEDxOStateU

Check-6 Founder Brian "Bru" Brurud was invited to be a guest speaker at a TED conference recently held at Oklahoma State University. TED is an international think-tank who invites speakers with "Ideas Worth Spreading." In his talk, "Bru" discusses advice from his third grade teacher about using what you have at hand.

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Topics: Safety, Training Systems, Mining

Check-6 Founder Speaks at Barrick Gold Mining's Annual Meeting

Posted by Dana Frawley on May 17, 2012 8:47:28 AM

Salt Lake City, UT—Check-6 Founder Brian “Bru” Brurud delivered a dynamic keynote speech for Barrick Gold Mining’s annual Corporate and Regional Safety & Health leadership meeting May 14, 2012 at the Downtown Marriott in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Topics: Mining