Performance 

Following our best safety performance ever in 2016, our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) for both employees and contractors increased to 0.64 in 2017. In addition, actual and potential serious events that could impact people, the environment and the Company increased, with our Serious Event Rate leading indicator increasing to 0.45 in 2017. There were multiple factors that impacted our 2017 safety performance, including a material ramp-up in U.S. resource play drilling and completion activity, as well as construction work that added new crews to our worksites. This resulted in a 38 percent year-over-year increase in exposure hours to 21.2 million hours, primarily for contract workers, many who were new to the industry.

Given this unacceptable year-over-year change, we developed a plan to improve performance. In the first quarter of 2018, we held safety forums for representatives of our U.S. unconventional assets. These forums resulted in a sharper focus on safety leadership and contractor management with strong emphasis on our life critical expectations. In 2018, we plan to hold workshops for over 800 personnel on effective safety conversations and safety leadership. We are also strengthening contractor management and holding contractors accountable for improving their performance. To work with Marathon Oil, contractors must demonstrate that they share our commitment to a safe workplace. 

To benchmark our U.S. performance, we compare our TRIR to industry peers in the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC), even though some of our peer companies do not include contractors in their numbers. Marathon Oil’s U.S. recordable injury rate of 0.72 for both employees and contractors was above the AXPC average of 0.62.

Additional actions we took in 2017 to manage safety risks and avoid incidents, injuries and accidents included:

Marathon Oil Employees


2017 In-Depth Global Safety Performance
Combined Employee and Contractor Workforce Incidents per 200,000 work hours

2016 In-Depth Global Safety Performance chart

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