MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

August 11, 2016

Venue:  Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND

Donated by:    Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

August sponsor:    BOH Energy

Justin Alps:    Opening greeting and announcements.

Safety Briefing and Safety Moment.

Eric Genet had witnessed a spill of blue grease from a flatbed along Hwy 85, looked as though the driver was trying to pick it all up, no sign of law enforcement or traffic control. This leads to a dangerous traffic situation and load securement issues.

Deb Schmeling urged drivers to check their headlights while driving in fog, the lights do not always automatically come on.

A technician was called to do a tank survey and deemed the contents were radio-active, the operator wanted to burn it off to get rid of it which would have released dangerous hydrocarbons in the air, education is critical in the removal of anything radio-active.

Eric Genet spoke on the upcoming hydraulic fracturing tour with US and UK at the end of this month. Partnerships are needed and would be greatly appreciated. Please direct any questions and partnerships to Eric Genet. Stay tuned for upcoming press releases on the tour.


    Brad Sipe Lakeland Industries

    Frank Richard  MDU Construction Group

Brad Sipe is from Chicago and has visited the Bakken numerous times. His career started in Wyoming working on wells in the 70’s and 80’s.

Brad spoke about "Understanding Flash Fire, Arc Flash and Their Standards"

He explained the standards of FR clothing and what to look for when obtaining clothing for Arc Flash and Flash Fire. Identify the hazard to see what type of clothing to use for the situation. To eliminate heat stress, wear moisture wicking material that absorbs sweat away from the body and dry quickly. Underwear should never be polyester, rather a cotton blend of moisture wicking fabric. Look for clothing that is light-weight, moisture wicking, long lasting and should be lighter colors for hot weather. Also look for a product that is pre-shrunk for a better fit.

Frank Richard is from Williston, ND originally, and worked for various companies in the oilfield including Bomac. MDU has 18 subsidiary companies.

Frank spoke about "Human Performance and Serious Injury"

He talked about human performance improvement and how the historical trend is to lower incident rates to stay competitive in the energy market. As they reduced the incident rates of minor injuries, serious injuries and fatalities remained the same. To understand the magnitude of the risk, many things have to be factored in such as changing weather, changes in plans and changes in manpower. Human error comes into play and we must create a just culture where people free safe to ask questions.

The next MonDaks Safety Network meeting is September 8, 2016.