GULF SOUTH SAFETY ALERT 53! General Safety Rules

Safety Alert 53- General Safety RulesGULF SOUTH SAFETY ALERT!
3/15/2017 from the desk of Chris Detillier- HSE Manager
What General Safety Rules
Where All Job Sites, all crafts need to be aware of these general rules.

Please be aware of the following general safety rules and requirements:

• Vapor Cigarettes- Be aware that vapor cigarettes are not allowed at Anadarko facilities and may not be allowed at other facilities because they may be considered a fire hazard. Please check with your supervisor before traveling to an offshore location to determine if they will be allowed at the location.
• Cell Phones- Cell phones are not allowed to be used during working hours, unless they are being used for work purposes. If you are on tour you should not be on your cell phone. This is company policy and needs to be enforced by supervisors.
• Scaffolding- at least two boards are needed to work from when erecting or dismantling scaffolds. Scaffold bracing must also be installed on the scaffold is being erected, not once the scaffold is completed. This is a company policy.
• General Health/Hygiene- Your health is important. Be sure to take steps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Wash hands frequently and inform your supervisor if you are sick prior to being sent offshore. Ensure that you are in good health by taking advantage of wellness visits. Alert supervisors of any medications or health issues that may affect your work performance or be necessary for them to know in the event of a medical emergency.
• Incident Reporting- Report all injuries to your supervisor. Even if the injury seems minor or the cause is not known. Supervisors must fill out an incident report on all incidents that are reported even if they are minor in nature and those reports must be turned in to the safety department. This is a company policy and failure to report an incident can result in termination.

For questions or concerns, please contact Chris Detillier at 985-354-4043 or

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GULF SOUTH SAFETY ALERT! Safely Performing Hot Work on Hollow or Enclosed Structures

2/8/2017 from the desk of Chris Detillier- HSE Manager
What Safely Performing Hot Work on Hollow or Enclosed Structures
Where All Job Sites, all crafts need to be aware of hazards of Hot Work at the facility.

Hollow or Enclosed Structures
Hollow or enclosed structures are objects on which employees work, but that are not large enough for them to enter. These structures are not vented to the atmosphere. Hollow or enclosed structures come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Examples include, but are not limited to, drums, vessels, inaccessible voids, piping, crane pedestals, railings, vents, and container frames.
Explosion and Fire Hazards
During hot work on hollow or enclosed structures precautions must be taken to protect workers from exposure to a range of hazards such as flammable or toxic gases, liquids, or residues; combustible preservatives; solvents, degreasers or cleaning chemicals; and high-pressure or vacuum effects due to fluctuating temperatures.

Sources of Flammable or Explosive AtmospheresSafety Alert 52- Safely Performing Hot Work on Hollow or Enclosed Structures
Flammable or explosive atmospheres in hollow or enclosed structures can result from many sources, including:
• Cargo containers may contain various types of chemicals. The structure of the
container or the container coating can absorb chemicals and emit toxic gases.
• Rusting metals caused by oxidation can create an explosive atmosphere due to
the release of hydrogen gas.
• Carbon monoxide gas released when welding on a hollow or enclosed structure
can accumulate to a high enough concentration to become explosive.
• Flammable gas may enter a hollow or enclosed structure, an explosion can occur
when an ignition source such as welding is present.

Control Measures
Workers involved in hot work operations need to be trained on the fire hazards of hot work, the
use of firefighting equipment, and the hot work permitting process. All structures must be cleaned, vented, and the atmosphere must be tested by a designated person to determine is not hazardous. Be sure to open hollow or enclosed structures to release pressure that builds up during heat application. Always wear appropriate PPE when performing hot work.

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SAFETY ALERT 48 – Medical First Aid- Struck by Hammer


What               Medical First Aid- Struck by Hammer

Where            Ship Shoal 193A

When                         10-26-2016 Safety Alert 48- Medical First Aid-Struck by Hammer


A Gulf South employee was in the process of tightening some nuts on the flare boom

with a sledge hammer and about a 1 1/16” hammer wrench when he struck the web of

his hand between his thumb and pointer finger with a sledge hammer.  The impact of

the hammer caused the worker to receive a laceration on his hand.  He was brought in

and the laceration was treated as a medical first aid case.



The employee failed to use proper hand placement by putting his hand within close-proximity of the striking area of the hammer wrench.  When the employee struck the hammer wrench this did not give him much contact area and he struck the web of his hand, as well as the handle.

Corrective Measures

Employee was counseled on the importance of proper hand and body placement.  When using hammer wrenches or in any situation where pinch points or struck by another object is possible, use mechanical means of holding or securing the equipment.  When using hammer wrenches, hammer wrench holders should be used to eliminate the possibility of hand injuries.  If these are not available, tie a rope to the hammer wrench and having someone hold pressure on the wrench from a safe distance.  This will allow the worker to strike the wrench without having the holder’s hands be in a dangerous location.  The employee was wearing impact gloves which helped to reduce the severity of the injury.  Anytime you are using striking tools be aware of hand location.  If your hands are in an area where there is the potential to be hit or pinched look for safer ways to perform the task.

For questions or concerns, please contact GSSI’s HSE Manager at (985)709-3239 or

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SAFETY ALERT 51 – Preventing Worker Illness


What           Preventing Worker Illness

Where        All Job Sites

When         All times


It is that time of year, more and more workers are becoming ill with the common cold and flu.  Illness in the workplace is an important concern.  Illness negatively affects the employee’s mood, thinking, reactivity, strength, and body.  Not only will this affect the employee directly but it may also require family members to lose work time to provide care for the ill employee, incur additional medical costs, and/or cause the illness to spread to other family members.

Not only does employee illness affect the employee and their family but it can have a significant impact in the workplace.  While working, there are many opportunities for people to interact, many times within close proximity of one another.  This increases our chances of spreading illness.  Employee illness can lead to loss of productivity, reduced quality of work, absenteeism, poor morale, and the spread of the illness throughout the workplace.  This can lead to an unhealthy workforce and can negatively influence workplace operations.

In order to help prevent worker illness and limit the spread of germs:

  • Get Vaccinated- get the flu vaccine to prevent seasonal flu.
  • Avoid close contact- keep your distance from those who are sick.
  • Stay home if sick- If possible, stay home if you are sick. If you are scheduled to go offshore notify your supervisor prior to going to an offshore facility.  There are many people on offshore facilities and illness can spread easily.  One person can cause the entire crew to become ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose- cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands- Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. This is especially important after using the restroom, coughing or sneezing, handling any type of raw food, or before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For questions or concerns, please contact Chris Detillier at 985-354-4043 or

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Safety Alert 50 – Safe Welding, Cutting, and Grinding Practices


What           Safe Welding, Cutting, and Grinding Practices

Where        All Job Sites

When         While performing Hot Work or Fire Watch


Hot work is a common practice in the oil and gas industry and is also a major component of Gulf South Service’s business.  Hot work can create many hazards which can result in severe consequences if they are not properly controlled.  Hot work must always be performed safely and it is our obligation to use our Stop Work Authority if we observe hot work being performed in an unsafe manner.  To ensure safety when performing hot work the following safe work practices must be followed:

  • Permit/Fire Watch- Hot work must not be performed unless a hot work permit has been issued, the area is free of combustible materials and the atmosphere has been monitored, and a fire watch is on duty. The fire watch must remain on duty for at least 30 minutes after hot work has been completed.
  • Proper Ventilation- Proper ventilation must be established to prevent exposure to welding fumes; this is especially true in confined spaces.
  • Electrical Hazards- Inspect all electrical components and replace any equipment with damaged insulation, exposed wiring, or missing safety guards. Do not use electrical equipment in wet environments.
  • Equipment- All equipment must be inspected prior to use and any damaged equipment must be taken out of service. Hoses and cylinders must be free of leaks and welding leads must not have damaged insulation.  When running leads and hoses run them in locations that are not heavily trafficked and in a manner that does not create a tripping hazard.  Equipment must be disconnected and stored properly when not in use.
  • Cylinders- Cylinders in storage must have the valve caps in place, be secured from movement, and fuel/oxygen cylinders must be stored 20 ft. apart unless in use. Cylinders should be kept upright at all times, should only be lifted in approved racks, and must be transported with the valve cap in place.
  • Proper PPE- Proper PPE includes hard hat, steel toed boots, FRCs, safety glasses, welding hood with appropriate lens, and leather welding gloves. If necessary respiratory protection may be needed.

For questions or concerns, please contact Chris Detillier at 985-354-4043 or

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Safety Alert 49 – Safe Scaffold Platforms

Safety Alert 49 – Safe Scaffold PlatformsSafe Scaffold Platforms – Safety Alert 49

As a company, it is our obligation to build safe, quality scaffolds for the end users that work from them.  All scaffolds are to be equipped with complete decking, toe boards, and hand rails on all open sides.  In many situations, we are limited to building scaffolds around obstacles such as process piping, structural supports, cable trays, etc.  This can make it challenging to completely deck, handrail, and install toe boards around these obstacles.  Though this is a challenge, it is not impossible to overcome these situations and every attempt should be made to do so.  This is for the protection of Gulf South, the scaffold user, and yourself as a craftsman.

During planning, determine if there will be any possible obstructions or barriers that could prevent you from putting protective devices in place.  If so, determine if there is a better way to build the scaffold or if the scaffold can be positioned in another location that would allow the work to be completed in a safe manner.  If this cannot be done, handrails, toe boards, and decking should be installed as close to any opening or obstruction as possible to eliminate the possibility of a worker falling or an object getting dropped from the scaffold.  This may take a little more time and effort by having to install extra equipment and clamps, but it will provide the safest scaffold and is a requirement of Gulf South Services.

After completing a scaffold, step back and take a few minutes to double check that all scaffolding safety requirements have been met.  If there is any doubt, be sure to correct the problem and tag the scaffold accordingly.  If there are any barriers that are preventing you from meeting these requirements, please let me know so that we can get them resolved.

For questions or concerns, please contact

Chris Detillier                                                                                                      985-354-4043                                                                        

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Safety Alert 38 – Dropped Object, Action Taken


What               Dropped Object revised

Where                        Anadarko Marco Polo

When                         4-12-16

What Happened: Team members were pulling material from a rack. 3 scaffold ledgers came out of the rack and fell through an open hole. It fell 30’ into an open area on the next lower deck. There was no injury and no damage.

Why This Happened: The material was staged too close to an opening in the deck.

Corrective Action: Team covered the open hole with wooden scaffold planks. This safety alert is being issued to all GSSI. All GSSI supervisors shall conduct an immediate sweep of all material storage areas. No material shall be stored within 4’ of any opening in a deck unless a physical barrier is placed between the material and the opening. For short material, utilize scaffold basket racks or “cage racks”. Where these are not available keep material in the shipping baskets

Falling and dropped objects are two of the leading hazards that lead to injuries and incidents in our industry. GSSI as well as many of our customers go to great links to put in place preventative measures to prevent this type of incident. Never store material within 4 feet of an opening Install larger toe boards or sheets of plywood around material storage areas to prevent any material from falling to lower levels.

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NOW HIRING!!! Scaffold Builders, Lead Scaffold Builders, Scaffold Foreman and Scaffold Supervisors

NOW HIRING!!! Scaffold Builders, Lead Scaffold Builders, Scaffold Foreman and Scaffold Supervisors
Onshore and Offshore work available.
Apply at: 280 Ford Industrial Rd, Morgan City, LA 70380


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NOW HIRING!!! Steel Fitters, Pipe Fitters, 6g, 6gr tig and Combination Welders

We are now taking applications for 1st class structural steel fitters, 1st class pipe fitters, 6g, 6gr tig and combination welders.
Must be able to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and physical. At our Amelia, LA, Mobile, AL locations and online at

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Mobile, Alabama Office is now hiring all classifications of scaffold builders.

We will be taking applications:
Tuesday, November 6th, 2015
Wednesday, November 7th, 2015
Thursday, November 8th, 2015
at our location or fill an app online:
5560 Todd Acres Dr, Mobile, AL 36619
251-544-6870 –

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