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Bristow's West Africa unit celebrates two years of Target Zero safety

Oilfield Technology,

On 11 November 2014, Bristow's West Africa Business Unit (WASBU) and BGI Aviation Technical Services (BATS) celebrated two consecutive years of Target Zero performance without a recordable injury or air accident. In October alone, Bristow operations in Nigeria achieved 1000 hours of Target Zero performance.

Operational challenges in Nigeria

WASBU Director Akin Oni cited the role of Bristow’s Target Zero culture in achieving this success. “From its initial introduction in 2007, Target Zero has been embraced by the WASBU team and it has become the way we do things. This safety milestone represents a considerable achievement considering the environment and operational challenges we face in Nigeria.”

WASBU HSE Coordinator Frank Webb added, “I recall when Target Zero was in its infancy we were discussing if Target Zero is achievable; now the word is ‘we must maintain Target Zero.’ The commitment to safety in WASBU is second to none from the business unit director to the shop floor.”

Vice President Operations Mike Imlach commended WASBU staff, saying, “Management has led by example, setting consistent expectations, making the right investments, and ensuring employees are provided with the tools, equipment and procedures to do their jobs safely. Staff at the front line are showing their commitment to Target Zero. I would like to congratulate our staff in WASBU for this significant achievement and express my thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication to safety.”

Air safety award

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus William (Bill) E. Chiles recently received the prestigious Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award at the Flight Safety Foundation's 67th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Chiles was praised for his leadership to establish industry wide safety protocols across the helicopter offshore transportation industry.

“Bill’s vision to incorporate safety initiatives into all systems and processes changed everyday practices throughout our global organization and promoted a laser-focused culture of safety with our innovative Target Zero program, unifying our company around our core value of safety,” said Jonathan Baliff, president and chief executive officer, Bristow Group, Inc. “His passion for safety is renowned in the industry.


“Under Bill’s leadership, five of the world’s largest offshore helicopter operators recently formed HeliOffshore, the first global offshore helicopter industry association, with the goal of improving flight safety and technical competence across the world. Bill will serve as the organization’s first chairman. We are proud of his accomplishments and are grateful that we will continue to benefit from his passion for safety and dedication to our industry and clients,” added Baliff.

“I am honored to receive such distinguished recognition from my peers,” said Chiles. “It is our responsibility to return every single passenger safely home, every single time. We will continue to improve the safety record for the offshore flying community as we collaborate to share best practices with one another,” he said.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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