Health, Safety & Environment

 

Safety Vision Statement

U.S. Well Services, LLC (“USWS”) believes that all incidents are preventable and that priority one is having all employees go home healthy every day.

To accomplish this mission, we actively encourage every employee to take personal responsibility for their individual safety as well as the safety of their entire crew. We have also created "10 Pillars of Safety" to help our clients and employees stay safe at all times.

 

Our 10 Pillars of Safety

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    I will always be fit for duty

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    I will always wear my PPE

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    I will always wear my seat belt

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    I will always obey the cell phone policy

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    I will always use spotters when moving any vehicle or equipment

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    I will always take personal responsibility for the safety of other employees

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    I will always protect the environment and communities where we work

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    I will never disable safety equipment or devices

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    I will never perform or overlook an unsafe act

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    I will never perform a task before being fully trained

Stop Work Authority (SWA)

SWA is the Company’s commitment to our employees of their right to ask questions if anyone feels that they are in an unsafe situation or being asked to perform an unsafe task. Although SWA may require shutting down the job on occasion, in most cases simply answering a question is enough to resolve the matter. In those cases where a shutdown is necessary, USWS has an established "restart protocol". Senior operations and HSE personnel will collaborate to remedy the situation. Once resolved, the matter will be discussed with all affected employees, the unsafe condition will be eliminated, and then work can resume safely.

SWA Commitment

"At US Well Services, one of our core values is that each and every person should go home safe every day. We try to make this happen by simply looking out for each other. A powerful tool to accomplish this is your Stop Work Authority (“SWA”). Simply put, you have the right to ask questions, to point out an unsafe act or condition, or to state that you are not properly trained to perform a task. Your supervisor will then work with you to rectify the situation. You have my personal guarantee that any employee who validly uses SWA will not face discipline of any kind. If any employee feels that they are receiving any negative response because they used SWA, then contact me immediately."

— Richard P. Hoffman, Vice President of HSEQ
 

The safety of our employees, customers and the environment is USWS number one priority. We are committed to reducing the hazardous risk associated with the inhalation of respirable silica dust on hydraulic fracturing sites.

USWS has developed SANDSHIELD™ to mitigate silica emissions below OSHA PEL standards. SANDSHIELD™ consists of specialized equipment, work processes, and engineering controls to mitigate exposure to silica.

 

In an effort to improve driver behavior and continue to move toward our goal of 0 incidents, USWS is initiating the USafeDrive project. By utilizing state-of-the-art technology, we are assisting our drivers in improving their situational awareness, driving behaviors and compliance with both DOT regulations and USWS policies..

The USafeDrive units will be installed in all heavy vehicles as well as crew vans initially, and eventually all light duty vehicles.

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Verbally coaching drivers on speed and driving styles.

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A requirement of DOT, the driver will no longer need to provide written logs, it will all be electronic. The driver needs only to log into the system, all duty status changes are done electronically through the driver’s input.

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Should a driver forget to put the seat belt on, the system will verbally advise the driver. As seat belt use is one of our 10 pillars, repeated failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

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This system provides real-time location information on the vehicles.

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This system will collect and save information from an incident 20 seconds prior to the incident and 10 seconds after the incident, allowing investigations to be more accurate and know for certain speed, location, braking, etc.

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This system will notify a driver if a vehicle has been idling for an excessive amount of time. Driver follows commands to shut vehicle off, if it does not need to be running.

The USafeDrive™ system also allows dispatch and supervisors to view hours remaining for all drivers, providing them with the ability to better plan mobilizations and demobilizations.