Our safety program has been set out to meet government and client requirements. Major Drilling’s system elements have been developed according to the ISO/ OHSAS 18001 standards.  We are committed to include relevant safety programs including TAKE 5.  This is the company’s field-level simple risk assessment tool used to identify and control hazards encountered on site at the moment and in the environment where the task is being completed.  In the higher risk work we have implemented   “10 Lifesaving rules” to prevent serious injuries.  We have a continuous improvement plan to ensure we make ongoing efforts to keep our elements, processes, procedures and best management practices efficient.

How to conduct a TAKE 5 risk assessment before beginning a new task:

1. Think Through the Task
2. Look for the Exposure
3. Assess the Risk
4. Take Precautions and Remove the Risk
5. Do the Job Safely

Enacting TAKE 5 means:

  • Strictly following all applicable Safe Work Procedures (SWP) and company safety standards
  • Inspecting all equipment before use
  • Locking out equipment prior to completing any maintenance
  • Participating in internal and third-party safety audits to ensure the system continues to meet the evolving risks in our industry.


To help express this value, we have introduced our 10 lifesaving rules.

  1. Watch out for my fellow workers.
  2. Wear fall protection while working at heights.
  3. Lock out and check for remaining energy before beginning any maintenance repairs.
  4. Arrive and remain fit for duty while at work. Avoid impairment from fatigue, alcohol and/or drugs.
  5. Not remove or bypass any guard, safety device, or procedure.
  6. Not attempt a task unless I am trained, competent and authorized.
  7. Use TAKE 5 to reduce risk for myself and my team.
  8. Wear my seatbelt at all times while traveling in vehicles.
  9. Keep my hands out of crush points and stay clear from any suspended rods, tools or leads.
  10. Avoid and distractions while driving.

Rob Newburn, Executive Vice-president of the Australian, Asian and African Operations along with the HSEC Committee is leading the charge to roll the program out to employees around the world.

The rules will be incorporated into the induction training, reinforced with staff on a regular basis and placed on all job sites.

Safety is a core value in our operations,” says Global Safety and Human Resources Manager, Ben Graham “These 10 lifesaving rules best communicate many of Major Drilling’s key risks and controls to our team and to our customers.”