Tenaris’s plant in Hickman, Arkansas, has reached an all-time plant safety record – 750,000 hours worked without a recordable accident, doubling its previous record. With this feat, the team also topped its previous record of consecutive days logged with zero recordables to a new high of approximately 200 days.
“Sustaining a safe environment is an everyday effort - listening, being alert and putting safe practices into play,” said Luca Zanotti, Tenaris US President. “This is a commendable record and indicative of the high level of commitment from each member of the team to think and work safely.”
Tenaris’s plant in Hickman, which celebrated 25 years of operation last year, manufacturers oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe products for the oil and gas sector.
“It is very difficult to manage safety long term unless you have 100 percent commitment from management. TenarisHickman is an example in this respect,” added Troy Nugent, Tenaris USA Health, Safety and Environment Director. “Similarly, even with management on board without every employee engaged to work safely, every day, we would never get this far. This is not an achievement of the HSE department rather an accomplishment of the entire team.”
In January, the team at Hickman completed a scheduled, annual maintenance shutdown at one of its lines. The crew performed an intensive period of heavy equipment repairs and installs, safely and with no accidents.
A recordable accident, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is defined as work-related injuries or illnesses that lead to death, unconsciousness, days away from work, restricted work activity or job transfer, medical care beyond first aid among others.
Safety is priority at Tenaris, where across all of its manufacturing facilities, employees and contractors undergo classroom and on-the-job training in line with the company’s integrated quality, health, safety and environment standards.