Bristow Group was awarded the 2011 National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Safety in Seas Award on Thurs Apr. 14, 2011, recognizing its contribution to the safety of life offshore for energy workers through its “Target Zero” program of training and safety tracking.
Bristow’s award-winning nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academy of Science’s Marine Board, and a former senior regulatory official with the Minerals Management Service.
“Target Zero” is a comprehensive cultural and training system that seeks to achieve zero accidents, zero harm to people and zero harm to the environment across Bristow’s operations. Building on statistical data that indicated human error contributed to 4 out of 5 accidents or incidents, Bristow’s “Target Zero” has reduced the rate of air accidents in for example the Gulf of Mexico from two reportable air accidents and one air incident in 2007 to zero accidents or incidents, with similar results in subsequent years. Bristow has achieved a 47 percent improvement year on year in Lost Work-time Cases, with overall improvement from 2007 – 2009 of 88 percent. When it comes to the environment, Bristow’s “Target Zero has maintained a record of zero environmental incidents and has stepped up pro-active efforts to ensure this stays constant.
NOIA President Randall Luthi says “Bristow has demonstrated that safety is priority number one, and their commitment to this goal was evident in the statistical improvements they achieved. In addition, their work is deserving of this award because it is easily transferable to other offshore operations, potentially lifting the safety of offshore workers to new heights. We applaud the fact that the Coast Guard, the National Academy of Sciences and respected offshore expert Bud Danenberger unanimously chose Bristow for this year’s award and we congratulate Bristow for their valuable contribution to the enhancement of offshore safety and responsible environmental stewardship.”