JeremyP Posted December 22, 2009 Share Posted December 22, 2009 Hey guys, I might get flamed for this but thats ok, I need to air out my frustrations and perhaps you guys can help me work through my frustrations. I'm an independant contractor so I work for about 4 major industrial companies. One of them is rather large and heavy on beaurocracy. They are an oilfield service company engaging in pumping operations of fluid and chemicals into the ground. Their business motto however is "safeguarding people and the environment" even though their true objective is to stimulate oil wells to produce more oil.... Anyway they have a clear and comprehensive safety programme with which they try to mitigate all risks involved in their operations. They supply everyone with plenty of literature and propaganda on safety and rules of conduct. Initially I was impressed at the level of investment they put into convincing use lowly grunts to actually value our lives and our bodies. In fact it prompted me to look more into safety myself and start designing my own safety procedures and guidelines for myself, to remind myself of some of the things I've learned that are dangerous or unsafe. Thats when xxxx hit the fan. After applying some of what I learned I began altering my behaviour and equipment to better protect myself. This turned out to be a no no. Included in their safety programme are lists of rules to be followed. After noticing my new protective PPE. It was made clear to me that I was not allowed to deviate from their rules even if it ment I was better protected. I even had the safety dude admit that some of my behaviours and equipment went a step above their rules, however there was nothing he could do. 'Rules are rules'. So now I'm left feeling betrayed and dissapointed. I started embracing a culture that they created to protect myself, but their own beaurocratical system prevents progress and infact impeeds it. So really is their safety programme about safety at all? Or is it just an elaborate propoganda scheme designed to protect their own legal liabilities? Now that I have learned what I've learned and gotten used to my new found protection and self worth. I have refused to cave to their demands that I abide by their rules. I believe my time with them is coming to a close and it sucks not only because they are 75% of my livelyhood but that ultimatly there is still nothing a grunt like me can do to truely protect himself. Sure, I can refuse to do an unsafe job, but they will just find someone who will. And who am I to argue with the guy in an office tower 900km away about what safety procedure works best for me? How can a lowly grunt possibly have a better idea (or even a good, different idea) about how to proceed safely? Those clearly are concepts that are best left to the professionals. The beaurocrats. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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