Category: Pictures

What does a bad day look like?

November 26th, 2015 by

Screen Shot 2014 11 07 at 10 27 14 PM

Want to see more of these? “What Does a Bad Day Look Like” is a column in our weekly eNewsletter (distributed every Tuesday) that often makes our subscribers feel they are having a pretty good day!  If you’d like to subscribe, contact Barb at

Best Wishes to Harry Thorburn

November 24th, 2015 by

Today, Instructor Harry Thorburn delivered his final TapRooT® course. Harry has been an instructor with Matrix Risk Control and System Improvements for the past 5 years. We hate to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck and a happy retirement.


Harry with his final TapRooT® students.


Matrix Director, Mhorvan Sherret, giving Harry a token of appreciation.

What does a bad day looks like?

November 19th, 2015 by

Like this for a sports writer … Howard will never live this one down …

Screen Shot 2015 06 09 at 4 31 02 PM

TapRooT® Course in Kazakhstan

November 17th, 2015 by


Pictures of a great TapRooT® course taught Kazakhstan recently.






For more information on our Public Courses, click here.

For more information on our Onsite Courses, click here.

How Far Away is Death?

November 17th, 2015 by

What could happen when this lets go?

IMG 2221

What does a bad day look like?

November 12th, 2015 by

If you are a hospital, and you send the wrong body to a member of Parliments family … that’s a bad day!

Screen Shot 2015 11 09 at 3 55 39 PM

See the story here.

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Well Kick Due to Liner Top Seal Failure

November 9th, 2015 by



After several attempts and a dedicated leak detection run, the 7” and 5” x 4-1/2” liner were inflow tested successfully to max difference of +10 bar.

Ran completion in heavy brine and displaced well to packer fluid (underbalanced).

Rigged up wireline pressure control equipment to install plug and prong in tubing tailpipe. While RIH with the plug on WL, a sudden pressure increase was observed in the well. Pressure increased to 125 bar on the tubing side.

Attempted to bleed off pressure, but pressure increased to 125 bar immediately.

Continued operation to install plug, pressure up tubing and set production packer.

Performed pump and bleed operation to remove gas from A-annulus. The general gas alarm was triggered during his operation due to losing the liquid seal on the poorboy degasser.

Continued pump and bleed operation until no pressure on tubing and A-annulus side, and the tubing and A-annulus were tested successfully.
NewImageWhat Went Wrong?

Failure of the 5″ liner hanger and 5″ tie-back packer.

Corrective Actions and Recommendations:

Difficult to bleed out gas in a controlled way due to sensitive choke and no pressure readings from poorboy degasser.

When performing pump and bleed operations, line up to pump down one line and take returns in a different line to optimize the operation.

Consider adequacy of the testing of the 5″ liner hanger.

Safety Alert Number: 267
IOGP Safety Alerts


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, neither the IOGP nor any of its members past present or future warrants its accuracy or will, regardless of its or their negligence, assume liability for any foreseeable or unforeseeable use made thereof, which liability is hereby excluded. Consequently, such use is at the recipient’s own risk on the basis that any use by the recipient constitutes agreement to the terms of this disclaimer. The recipient is obliged to inform any subsequent recipient of such terms.

This document may provide guidance supplemental to the requirements of local legislation. Nothing herein, however, is intended to replace, amend, supersede or otherwise depart from such requirements. In the event of any conflict or contradiction between the provisions of this document and local legislation, applicable laws shall prevail.

Caption Writing Contest: Enter Today, Have Some Fun & Maybe Win!

November 2nd, 2015 by

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 12.52.06 PM

Unleash your clever side and write a caption for this image in 5 words or less. Here’s how to enter:

1. Create your caption in five words or less.

2. Type your caption in the comments section of this post by November 30th.

3. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the Tuesday TapRooT® Friends & Experts e-newsletter to find out if you won.
(Email the Editor at with subject “Subscribe to Win”)

Our in-house instructors will vote on the most clever caption, and the winner will be announced via our e-newsletter on December 1st.

Prize! The winner will receive this miniature, antique style globe to join TapRooT® in changing the way the world solves problems.







“How far away is death?” and “What does a bad day look like?” are two popular blog columns on the TapRooT® blog that are featured every week in the TapRooT® Friends & Experts eNewsletter and include images and videos to think about like the one above.  If you don’t get our eNewsletter every Tuesday, subscribe to be the first to learn about more fun contests.

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Hand Safety Summary

October 26th, 2015 by


What have you learned from the accidents and videos about hand safety that we have posted over the past two months?

IMA Finger & Hand Safety

Severe Hand Injury – What is the Root Cause?

Hand Safety from the Associated General Contractors of America

Offshore Hand Safety

Clean Hands Teaching Moment

MSHA Hand Safety Video (a regulator’s view)

Drilling Job Specific Hand Safety Video

Maritime Hand Safety Video

The Legal Aspect of a Hand Crushing Injury

One message that was consistently repeated was be aware of where your hands are and don’t put them in harms way. But is this enough? Removing the hazard, removing the target (the hand), or guarding pinch points seems like a better idea.  Here are seven questions to consider:

  1. What can you do to get rid of jobs that have a high rate of hand injury?
  2. Can you remove people from jobs that have a high risk of crushing hands? Or can you at least get their hands out of the way?
  3. Have you looked at jobs proactively to asses the risk of hand injuries?
  4. Have you made a site specific hand safety video that shows the risks and the things that people should do to avoid the risks?
  5. Do you people know when to wear gloves, what kind of gloves to use, and where they are kept?
  6. Is looking for hand hazards a standard part of your pre-job safety analysis?
  7. Do you do a thorough root cause analysis on hand injuries that looks for root causes and corrective actions that go beyond: “Be more careful next time?”

And if you want to see some gross pictures, just Google “hand injury” and click on the images tab. You will see why you should take hand safety seriously.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

What does a bad day look like?

October 22nd, 2015 by

For a burrow …


Seems to be a mismatch in capabilities!

TapRooT® Public Course in Bogota, Colombia

October 20th, 2015 by


Thank you to the course instructor for these photos from a recent Public TapRooT® Course in Bogota.






Interested in taking a TapRooT® Public Course? Click here.

Interested in a TapRooT® Onsite Course for your company? Click here.

How far away is death? Shocking Performance!

October 20th, 2015 by

Screen Shot 2015 07 21 at 5 36 26 PM

Want to see more of these? “How Far Away is Death” is a column in our weekly eNewsletter (distributed every Tuesday) that is often a startling reminder of what can happen in the blink of an eye.  If you’d like to subscribe, contact Barb at

TapRooT® Public Course in Canada

October 15th, 2015 by

Working hard at the 2-Day Course in Canada last week! Thanks to the instructor for the photos.




Interested in taking a TapRooT® Public Course? Click here.

Interested in a TapRooT® Onsite Course for your company? Click here.

New TapRooT® Instructors

October 15th, 2015 by



Welcome! Two new TapRooT® instructors from TATA Steel Minerals in Canada completed certification. (two on the ends of the back row)


Interested in becoming an instructor for the best incident investigation and root cause analysis system? Click here to learn more about our many courses available and how to get started.

Interested in taking a course from our exceptional instructors? Click here for a complete list.

How far away is death?

October 13th, 2015 by

Screen Shot 2015 06 24 at 8 06 45 AM

Want to see more of these? “How Far Away is Death” is a column in our weekly eNewsletter (distributed every Tuesday) that is often a startling reminder of what can happen in the blink of an eye.  If you’d like to subscribe, contact Barb at

Public TapRooT® Course in Bogota

October 5th, 2015 by

Last week, industry professionals came together to learn TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis techniques.


For a list of our Public Courses across the globe, click here.

Connect with Us

Filter News

Search News


Barb PhillipsBarb Phillips

Editorial Director

Chris ValleeChris Vallee

Six Sigma

Dan VerlindeDan Verlinde

Software Development

Dave JanneyDave Janney

Safety & Quality

Ed SkompskiEd Skompski


Gabby MillerGabby Miller

Communications Specialist

Ken ReedKen Reed


Linda UngerLinda Unger

Vice President

Mark ParadiesMark Paradies

Creator of TapRooT®

Steve RaycraftSteve Raycraft

Technical Support

Success Stories

Many of us investigate accidents that the cause seems intuitively obvious: the person involved…

ARCO (now ConocoPhillips)

We started using TapRooT® in the mid 1990s after one of our supervisors wanted to instill a more formal process to our investigations…

Contact Us