Safety in all its operations is one of Gran Tierra’s highest priorities.

To ensure safety is front of mind for all employees and contractors, the company systematically assesses risks and acts to eliminate or reduce areas of concern. It also implements proven safety management systems, procedures and tools with the goal of reducing accident and injury rates to zero. As a result, in 2017, GTE achieved a record low injury rate even as the company intensified its exploration and development activities.

EMPLOYEE AND CONTRACTOR SAFETY 2015 2016 2017
Lost Time Injury Frequency - # of incidents per 200K hours worked (LTIF) 0.24 0.13 0.07
Hours Worked 5,049,839 4,558,133 8,733,985
Safety Inspections Conducted 1,878 1,329 2,200
Number of Emergency Simulations (tabletop and in-person) 74 87 135

Safety Programs

Gran Tierra has a simple objective with regard to safety: ensure that no one gets hurt as a consequence of our operations. To achieve that goal the company will systematically assess risks and take actions to eliminate or reduce areas of safety concern, including:

  • Implementing proven safety management systems, procedures and tools with a goal of driving accident and incident rates to zero.
  • Working closely with contractors on our sites and insist that they also implement effective safety management processes.
  • Setting annual goals for safety performance and we will be held accountable for our performance to Gran Tierra’s senior management and to the Board of Directors.

GTE’s safety programs and practices include:

  • Implementing emergency management software for newly acquired facilities.
  • Psychosocial risk preventive activities such as reducing workplace stress and maintaining a supportive workplace environment.
  • Using a risk-based approach to direct resources to address risks where they are the greatest. The approach includes dozens of targeted audits and inspections, “Job Safety Analysis Meeting Reviews” with contractors and safety walk-arounds to different work sites.

A Framework for Safe Operations

“Mision Vida”, GTE’s proprietary system for safe operations, is a guide to safe work practices. Its foundation is based on a framework for changing attitudes about safety by recognizing the impact that one’s current mental and emotional condition can have on their perception and decision-making. This understanding then leads to increased safety-consciousness on the job. Through Mision Vida, GTE developed a job-specific HSE training plan in 2017, based on analyses of company and industry risks. It includes:

  • Basic training for all employees, regardless of their position.
  • Additional training modules for workers involved in high risk tasks.
  • Job-specific training modules that reflect the particular role being fulfilled.
  • Emergency response training for personnel designated as emergency responders.

A number of learning tools were developed for Mision Vida. One of these, the Hand Injury Prevention, or HIP, involves a series of videos, captured by GTE workers themselves, which allows the workers to get a first-person view of the various tasks and to understand safe and unsafe techniques. To create this tool, smart glasses with embedded video cameras were purchased, and an online application was developed to allow over 600 workers to easily participate in the program.

Monthly Safety Contractor Meeting

Monthly safety meetings for contractors have been an important tool for educating contractors about GTE’s safety policies and procedures. This is a regular event where safety representatives of each of the contractors get together to share results and best practices. In 2017, each contractor was required to bring both operations and safety personnel to ensure correct assessment of safety trends and work towards further integration between GTE and contractors in order to strengthen the safety culture at all sites.

As a result of Gran Tierra’s efforts to strengthen its safety systems and programs, the company’s 2017 safety record showed a significant improvement from 2016. Even though worker hours nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017 to support GTE’s increased production activity, the Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF), a commonly used measurement of safety performance, rate continued its downward trend. In 2017 LTIF was 0.07.

Emergency Response Training

In adherence to GTE’s Emergency Response plan, the company carries out periodic emergency response training exercises. In 2016, the company conducted 87 tabletop or in-person emergency simulations which assessed the company’s preparedness to deal with various emergency scenarios. Similar training activities were also conducted throughout 2017 and into 2018.

Management System

In response to the company goal to improve the way its Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) policies are implemented in the field, Gran Tierra began making changes in its HSE management system (HSEMS) in 2016. The new system strengthens the company’s HSEMS organizational structure, clarifies responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources and improves the ability of corporate and HSE management teams to monitor performance and track policy compliance on a timely basis. This involves important corporate social responsibility issues, such as stakeholder engagement, local employment, land access, environmental monitoring and compliance, local business development, and stakeholder relationships.