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DROPS Forum - Aberdeen, 19 September 2018

The meeting was opened by Greg and a safety brief was delivered. Round the room introductions followed.

DROPS Update – Greg Reid, DROPS
Since last Forum, we are delighted to welcome the following new DROPS members:
Oman Oil Company (OOCEP) – Oman
Inspectors Union Company – Saudi
Wood Group UK Ltd – UK (Rejoined)
TechnipFMC – UK (Rejoined)
Minteg Pty – Australia
TÜV SÜD Middle East – Saudi Arabia
Encana USA
F S Contracting – Saudi
Auxilius Heavy Industries - USA
BHP Petroleum - USA
Rig Repairs International – South Africa
Matrix Service Company – USA
Well-Safe Solutions – UK
Catalyst Assurance Services – UK

The following former member has not renewed their membership:
Ingress Partners – Saudi Arabia

Membership renewal fees were due on August 1st and many have not paid. Please check if your fees are up-to-date or you may have membership cancelled and would need to rejoin DROPS. Also, reminder to all members to keep us updated with any changes to your designated DROPS Focal Point. Please notify changes to

Steering Committee

Delighted to welcome Spirit Energy to the Steering Committee. DROPS seek additional Operator to sit on Steering Committee with KCA Deutag, Shell, BP, Transocean, Diamond, Repsol Sinopec and Spirit Energy.

DROPS North America

Annual DROPS Forum in New Orleans on Thursday 8th November. Registration open now.
Broad and challenging workscope for Chapter moving into 2019, including possible online training, survey/inspection requirements and more.

DROPS Middle East Chapters

DROPS Saudi Arabia and DROPS Oman meeting regularly. Oman to release Regional DROPS Standard imminently.
Potential DROPS Kuwait Chapter under consideration.

DROPS Asia Chapter

DROPS Asia continue with their programme of Webinars (recordings available to download here).
DROPS Asia looking for additional Operator support for their Steering Committee.

DROPS Norway

Forum planned for Stavanger on Thursday October 4th has been cancelled. Looking to reschedule in Q1 of 2019 and requests / suggestions for presentations should be sent to

2018 UK DROPS Forums

The last UK DROPS Forum of 2018 will be held in Aberdeen on Thursday, December 6th. This will again be held at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen. Extended programme to include Christmas Lunch. Strict RSVP protocol will be enforced for this Forum.

DROPS Training

Since last forum, Train-the-Trainer has been held at Silverdot’s offices and further UK dates are scheduled for 25th October and 4th December. See Training section of website for a training synopsis and all upcoming dates.

Since last Forum, training has been held in Thailand, Kazakhstan, and North Sea. Training is ongoing now in Indonesia followed by Singapore, USA and Dubai.

DROPS Focus Groups

DROPS Inspection Competence Focus Group submitted their ideas and suggestions for scope and objectives. These were broad-reaching and varied and Steering Committee reviewed. Competence and Requirements for formal Third-party DROPS Survey / Inspection will be addressed through the update of the existing Best Practice and North American Chapter are planning significant efforts and resources in support of this. There may be a focus group established to look specifically at the competence and requirements of rig crew for ongoing routine DROPS inspection.

Presenters, Presentations and Support

Many thanks to our Presenters today. If you wish to nominate or request a presentation or table-top demonstration for consideration at a future DROPS event, or if you have an alert or lesson learned to share, please contact

To maintain a fresh and varied Agenda for future Forums, DROPS Admin will be inviting member representatives to take the floor and share perspectives and lessons learned. 

Alerts and Lessons Learned

Please continue to submit your DROPS-related alerts and lessons learned to

Gratings! – Steve Ferguson, Total / Marine Safety Forum

Steve presented two Safety Moments:
Footage of a 17kg grating falling to the deck of a ship due to securing clips on top of tank not being engaged correctly was shown. The Safety Moment for the Grating Incident is available to download here.
A second incident presented was a claw hammer that was found on outbound cargo. There is an increase of incidents occurring in outbound cargo recently so members were reminded to give cargo a check before shipping. The Safety Moment for the Hammer Incident is available to download here.

Best practice and more information is available from these links: and

Step Change – Joined Up Thinking

The audience were shown 2 short animated case studies that were developed by Step Change as part of their joined up thinking campaign to highlight the dangers of dropped objects, several questions are asked at the end of each film that can be used during a risk assessment/toolbox talk. Supplementary information available which includes information from DROPS. The two workpacks (Static and Dynamic) are now available to purchase via the Step Change website.

ANSI 121 Standard – Phil Moore, Skaftray

Phil provided an overview of the new ANSI 121 Standard which including manufacturing guidelines, types of equipment it covers and compatibility of components. Phil's presentation is available to download here.
Phil’s background is in construction and he demonstrated the Skaftray storage tray, developed to store items at height and prevent them from being knocked over the edge on any scaffold tower, podium steps, MEWP etc. For further information, please go to or contact Phil directly

Maersk Interceptor Fatality

An animation was shown that re-enacted a workplace accident which resulted in one fatality and one serious injury during a lifting operation to install a raw water pump in a leg. The animation presents the chronology of events leading up to the accident and is made solely for the purpose of transferring knowledge and learning. We are seeking permission to share the animation with all members via workpack updates in February.

Our DROPS Initiative – Norman Patrick, Nexen

Norman’s presentation included statistics for Nexen on Dropped Objects occurring between 2015-2017. Following an increase in incidents Q3 2017 a Dropped Object Prevention initiative was created. TRAC assisted Nexen and during a hazard/incident sweep, a huge number of items were recovered and highlighted. Various pictures were shown of the items recovered. A Nexen standard was created with High Level Requirements that include a survey every 3 years, removal of unnecessary equipment at height, tools at height process and a system implemented to record potential dropped objects. Workforce Engagement workshops were carried out over 3 assets and comments and suggestions are being worked through to enhance their initiative. A video game style short film was shown that highlights potential dropped objects. The Nexen presentation can be downloaded here.

Open Floor and Any Other Business

Attendees invited to raise any issues, questions and concerns. Advised that DROPS website will be updated in 2019 and use of various social media platforms will be investigated further.

Greg thanked everyone for their participation and invited the attendees to offer any issues for further discussion in the open floor session.

Next meeting

Date:     Thursday 6 December 2018
Time:     0930 -1200 – Festive lunch 1230-1400
Venue:  Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen
Host:     DROPS Global Steering Committee Members