BP Deepwater Horizon: Lessons From a Crisis

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On  20 April 2010, whilst drilling an exploratory well at a depth of 5,000 feet, around 41 miles off the south-east coast of Louisiana, disaster struck BP Deepwater Horizon. The explosion and subsequent destruction of the oil well caused 11 deaths and billions worth of natural and economic damage along the Gulf of Mexico. Continue Reading…

Five Ways Rope Access Technicians Can Improve Operational Efficiency

Vertical working has always been high risk and challenging. Gaining access, staying safe, protecting those working from falls and knowing your means of descent or rescue are all part of the job for Rope Access technicians and managers. 

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How Calibration Tools Reduce Costs, Risks and Improve Efficiency

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Ensuring equipment is calibrated according to industry or manufacturer standards is not easy. Calibration tools exist to test that high-value equipment is working according to a known set of operational standards.

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A Milestone For Papertrail: Inspections Reach 2,000,000

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Myself and the team at Papertrail are proud of our adventure background and fiercely proud of helping keep people safe along with our environmental responsibilities. When we took the concept of Papertrail to reality, the solution we had in mind was to deliver:

  1.  A technology that reduced the amount of paper being used in the trail of inspections for checking assets and safety procedures. The risk being loss of paper, or too much paper used, wasn’t just bad for the environment but it also increased risk with too many human steps in the process.
  2. A solution that made the whole inspection process a lot easier and therefore we could do more with the limited time we had. This was a fact of life, not enough time, too many tasks!
  3. Because of the insurance implications and regulatory pressures, the solution was to improve accountability and increase information transparency. This didn’t just speed up time of delivering what was needed and reduce frustration, it also demonstrated control.

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How Operational Efficiency Can Improve Your Work-Life Balance

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Organisations are stronger and more productive when employees perform at their best. It sounds logical, but too often, performance gets confused with putting in the hours. Working longer and harder is traditionally considered an achievement, which means operational efficiency isn’t always front of mind.

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How Paperless Is Your Office?

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It  has been over forty years since a generation of Mad Men and technology industry commentators coined the phrase, a ‘paperless office.’ They imagined a future where paper documents would be history, with everything stored and shared digitally.

It was quite a vision, considering that virtually every piece of hardware and software required to make an office paperless was yet to be invented. Since then, the technology sector and entrepreneurs have made it possible for businesses to function without paper.

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Preventing Reputational Damage: How Papertrail Can Help

Business reputations can take years, decades to build, but only moments to ruin. Recovery can take a long time, and cost a small fortune. With a 24/7 news cycle and social media, brand damage travels faster than ever.

Some of the worst industrial disasters in history, such as the Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez oil spills, Fukushima, Chernobyl, and the Three Mile Island accident have a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds, even thousands of people. Continue Reading…