HSE Performance

At Baker Hughes, our goal is to make today, and every day, a Perfect HSE Day – that is, a day with no injuries, no accidents, and no harm to the environment – worldwide. The Perfect HSE Day initiative was developed and launched in 2013 to simplify and personalize HSE performance for our nearly 60,000 employees. During the year, more than 60 local teams achieved 365 Perfect HSE Days, comprising nearly 7,500 employees, or 9% of our workforce. As a company, we achieved one month of Perfect HSE Days.

During 2013, we improved our HSE performance in many areas, achieving fewer employee injuries and vehicle accidents, minimizing spill volumes, and advancing our conservation of energy and water. Our accomplishments were, however, overshadowed by the loss of six of our colleagues, which emphasizes that we cannot lose our focus on mitigating life-critical risks.

2013 HSE Goal Performance

We strive for flawless execution in our operations and believe that we can achieve 365 perfect HSE days in a year. Our performance metrics highlight that we are progressing, but we still have more to do. The results for 2013 are provided in the table below.


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During 2013, we emphasized our mission to “Make Everyday a Perfect HSE Day” along with the following key HSE focus areas:

  • Continue culture shift balancing personal and process safety
  • Use work activity analysis for injury prevention
  • Promote healthy and fit behaviors
  • Learn from high potential incidents, near misses, and observations
  • Mitigate transportation safety risks
  • Enhance resource conservation
  • Promote customer and community engagement

Injury/Illness Performance

In 2013, we achieved a 14% reduction in 2013 Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), surpassing our 10% goal for the year. In addition, we achieved an 18% reduction in our Days Away From Work Case Rate (DAFWCR). Hand and back injuries continue to be the most frequent body parts affected. Although sprains and strains continue to be the most prevalent type of injury, we experienced a 14% reduction compared to 2012 and 31% compared to 2011. Our key HSE performance metrics continue to outperform the International Association of Drilling Contractors benchmark, and are in the top quartile across the industry. Employees submitted 487,060 observations in 2013, a 20% increase year-on-year. This increase correlates directly with our improved safety and environmental performance.

Three Year Incident Rates and Rig Count

Transportation performance improved with a 4% reduction in our Motor Vehicle Accident Rate (MVAR). We achieved a 9% reduction in the overall accident frequency (all severity classifications) and a 5% decrease in “preventable” accidents (PVAR). The majority of our vehicle accidents were due to excessive speed for conditions, improper following distance, poor driver awareness of surroundings and inconsistent Journey Management practices. These causes reflect the need for continued training and strong oversight programs.

With a helicopter crash resulting in the loss of two employees, we conducted a thorough air-safety audit on helicopter providers under direct contract and initiated the assessment of more than one hundred helicopter service operators used by our clients to transport our employees to offshore or remote land locations. We also began working with an international aviation safety consultant to develop stronger operational controls and tools to help us mitigate the hazards of helicopter operations for our employees.

Five Year Motor Vehicle Accident Rates

For more information on Baker Hughes HSE goals and initiatives, and a detailed analysis of our health, safety and driving performance, please download our latest Annual HSE Report (see Associated Information).