Maximizing the Human and Organizational Factors in
Keeping People Safe
Abstract - Mistakes and poor decisions are often significant factors in the root cause of a major incident. Humans make mistakes even if they are highly trained and in a routine situation. In non-routine situations training and human factors become critical in affecting the risk of a significant incident. Can we use technology and process to offset common human factor errors due to workloads, distractions, miscommunications, and fear of being wrong? Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of humans (human factors) in an operating environment can give us understanding of “normal human behavior” so we can use other tools to maximize the positive aspects of human factors such as self-preservation, situational interpretation skills, and decisiveness.
Bio - Kevin Lacy is the CEO of Proactive Real Time Solutions LLC (PRTS). Kevin continues as the President of Drilling Principles LLC a private consulting company focused on complex drilling and business issues facing oil and gas companies. A specific area of focus is on process safety in drilling operations regarding leadership, culture, key processes, and technologies.
Prior to creating Drilling Principles LLC, Kevin was SVP of Technical Staff at PetroSkills responsible for all technical disciplines and instructors. Kevin previously spent thirty-four years working for international oil and gas companies (Talisman Energy, BP, Chevron) in all aspects of petroleum engineering, operations, asset management and business strategy. His last fifteen years across these three companies was spent as a senior corporate manager in Drilling responsible for oversight of global operations. He has worked most offshore basins in the world as well as many onshore basins in the US and Canada. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of drilling safety and related areas of reliability, safety culture, and human / organizational factors.
Kevin received a BS in Petroleum Engineering with Honors from the University of Tulsa in 1980. He was subsequently awarded an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 focused on International Business and Quantitative Financial Analysis.
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