Learning from SHOC trend analysis

SHOC trend analysis BU Offshore Subsea Contracting gives insight in how people experience safety in their daily work.

A SHOC card is meant to report hazards and suggestions for improvements. But what is the actual content of the SHOC cards raised and what do we learn from this? SHE-Q employee Ben Feenstra analyzed all SHOC cards raised in 2013 in the BU Offshore Subsea Contracting. He looked both at fallpipe vessels and other projects. The top 3 reported unsafe situations involve:

  • fallpipe vessels: 1) improper sea fastening; 2) slips, trips and falls; 3) (risk of) falling from height;
  • other projects: 1) falling from height; 2) collision with moving vehicle; 3) uncontrolled movement.

A positive development is that the number of SHOC cards raised for ‘scope for improvement’ was substantially higher in the second half year than in the first half year (152 against 64). The same goes for SHOCs raised with positive feedback (36 against 28).

Improve safety
A bulletin with the conclusions of the analysis was sent to all projects with a request to discuss the conclusions and the top-3 reported unsafe situations. Ben: “We will continue with these analyses in 2014 as it gives us an insight into how people experience safety in their daily work. This way we can learn how we can improve safety. And for the people raising these cards it is good to get some additional feedback.”