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JAN 2013

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SAfETy wATCH Every Week, Safety Week Photos By Raleigh Whitehead T o Michael Knigin, CEO of Apache Industrial Services, safety isn't something that should be "browbeaten into a crew." Instead, it's a critical function of the company. It should be second nature and ref lexive. And Knigin doesn't just "talk the talk." T he week of Ju ly 9, 2012 , was of f icia l ly dubbed Sa fet y Week for Apache Industrial Services, and Knigin invited CoatingsPro Magazine along for the ride. Apache Industria l Ser v ices provides a wide range of industrial services, including coatings and linings, fireproofing, scaffolding, installation, and abatement. It just so happens that the job site we visited was the location of a fireproofing application. Apache is the contractor primarily responsible for the coatings, linings, and intumescent epoxy fireproofing application on the "main pancake sections" of the Shell Olympus Project at the Kiewit Offshore Marine Yard in Ingleside, Texas. A s K n ig i n de s c r ib e s it , " T he Olympus is one of the largest — or possibly t he la rgest — tension leg platform of its kind" (See CoatingsPro November 2 012 for a look at t he coatings project). A s K n ig i n d rove NACE st a f f photographer Raleigh Whitehead and this journalist to the Kiewit yard, he began to explain his safety philosophy. But much was already apparent. Even as we approached the Kiewit yard, while still in the truck, Knigin had us don our hard hats. "You never know when you will step out, just for a second," Knigin says. K nig in described how he a nd Apache President Doug Lee strive to 28 CoatingsPro g January 2013 "Fear is an ineffective way to motivate," Knigin says. "And zero-tolerance policies don't work for a person who makes an honest mistake. [He or she] will either conceal the mistake or live in fear — neither is an acceptable scenario." maintain a positive, energetic workforce a nd how Sa fet y Week beca me a n outgrowth of that. "Fea r is a n inef fect ive way to motivate," Knigin says. "And zerotolerance policies don't work for a person who makes an honest mistake. [He or she] will either concea l the mistake or live in fear — neither is an acceptable scenario." Picture This! Apache leadership wanted to drive home their safety message in a simple manner that would allow their crews to take ownership. "We d id n't wa nt t he me s s a ge ge t t i n g lo s t ," K n i g i n s ay s . A f t er much discussion with leadership and employees, the concept of Safety Week was created.

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