September 15 2020

Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre

Havnegade 18, 6700 Esbjerg

Task Force Zero 2020

Postponement of Task Force Zero 2020 – new date: 15 September 2020.

Due to the ongoing spread of the Covid-19 virus, Task Force Zero 2020 has been postponed to 15 September, 2020.
Please stay updated on the conference on this website.
We hope for your understanding in this matter.

Conference narrative: 

Sometime in the future, when we look back on 2020, we might very well say that this is perhaps the most challenging time in our industry.  We are faced with sustained low price of oil, ageing assets, low profit margins for contractors and appropriately higher expectations from our stakeholders for environment. 
We have met difficult challenges before, and we have remained safe.  Sustaining our commitment to safety and operational excellence is fundamental to the future of the oil & gas industry.  A major incident though could potentially threaten our social license to operate due to the potential loss of life and possible environmental impact.
At this year’s conference, we will focus on major accident prevention and management. Our excellent line-up of international speakers and panellists will guide us through an engaging day of:
  • Recognising past successes in our industry
  • Sharpening our focus on major incident prevention
  • Exploring the critical role of Human Performance
  • Learning from the leaders and high performers of other industries
  • Having the right conversations to ensure we continue to learn and innovate
If collectively we are the ones safeguarding our industry, then let us come together at TFZ 2020 for these essential and urgent conversations. 

08:00 - 09:00
Registration & Breakfast
09:00 - 09:03
Safety briefing
09:03 - 09:15
Welcome ceremony
09:15 - 09:40
Safety Award Ceremony
09:40 - 10:55
Safety and Ethics Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident
Thirty years ago, Allan McDonald was faced one of the toughest decisions of his life. As an engineer in charge of building rocket boosters for NASA McDonald refused to sign off on the required launch recommendation report the day before the launch. The launch went ahead as planned. The Challenger lasted only 73 seconds before breaking apart midair January 28, 1986 and killing all 7 crew members. Allan McDonald will in his keynote address look at the pressures to launch the Challenger, the internal cover-ups, and the aftermath of the disaster. McDonald addresses all of the factors that led to the accident, some of which were never included in NASA’s Failure Team report submitted to the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident and how some of these lessons learned from Challenger were forgotten causing the Columbia accident some 17 years later.
10:55 - 11:25
Refreshment break
11:25 - 12:00
Setbacks and new challenges for Formula One
For the teams competing in Formula 1™, along with the World Championship’s owners, event organisers and regulator, risk management comes in various guises, with the most important being the drive to ensure the welfare and safekeeping of drivers, team personnel, media, organisers and the general public attended races.  Between 1950 and 1994 the sport witnessed over 40 driver fatalities followed by an unprecedented step-change in culture, technologies, systems and processes which led to a 20 year hiatus in catastrophic race accidents. Then, at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, French driver Jules Bianchi suffered serious injuries from which he later died; the result of his Formula 1 car colliding at speed with a tow track deployed to recover a stranded vehicle.  In an instant, two decades of progress in safety were brought to an end, prompting a redoubling of efforts to improve every aspect of safety with a sport which many had begun to think of as ’totally safe’. This is the follow up story to Formula 1’s setback, the events leading up to the tragedy, and the measures taken since to re-establish Formula 1’s leadership in motor sport safety, whilst ensuring that the action, speed and drama remains.
12:00 - 12:30
Talk and engagement session
A talk around balancing operational excellence, safety culture with an external demand for continuous risk taken and a push towards the boundaries.
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch and exhibition
13:30 - 14:30
Deepwater Horizon: Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents
The Oil and Gas Industry has gone through dramatic and industry shaping events, such as Piper Alpha and Macondo. These events have significantly impacted the way the industry is now thinking, acting and behaving. The culture of the industry changed and we now operate in a safer goal setting era, yet at times - it seems a more regulated and prescriptive  environment. Adherence to rules and procedures and enforcing strict compliance alone is not sufficient to get us to Zero. 

The Deepwater Horizon Drilling Rig  had gone an extraordinary seven years without a single accident serious enough to halt operations. The rig, owned by the Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd., and its veteran crew were some of the best in the business. Just months earlier, BP and the Deepwater team had broken the record for deepest well ever completed. Yet, the tragic events unfolded.

Based on a review of the management lessons learned from these events, this talk will discuss some of the essential elements to getting to zero and how to create the context where the individuals and teams are sufficiently aware, engaged and enabled to make the right decision at the right time for the given circumstance.
14:30 - 15:00
Recruiting & Maintaining a Competent Workforce
Representatives from the operators, contractors, and training companies reflect on the importance of a trained and competent workforce in major accident prevention.  How does the green energy transition and political climate impact recruiting and workforce retention?  How do we invest in our workforce and continue to attract people to work in our industry?
15:00 - 15:30
Refreshment break
15:30 - 16:10
Learning from Accidents: The Costa Concordia case

Have you ever wondered why workers didn't speak up or failed to communicate in critical operations?

Historically, many accidents have been attributed to communication failure or the reluctance to challenge hierarchy. We examine these issues more closely by looking at real-life case study of one of the most high-profile accidents in the maritime history – the capsizing of the passenger ship Costa Concordia. We (video) interviewed the captain and analysed extensive data (from this and many accidents) to understand the underlying factors that impede communication and erode trust between team members.

The insights we have gained from this accident are not limited to any specific company, maritime industry or the transport sector as a whole. These are common problems mirrored across industries where professionals work together to perform critical operations.

16:10 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:15
Talk and engagement session
17:15 - 17:45
A safety talk: Full circle elaboration on all situations
In this session key takeaways from the day will be discussed and what learnings we can take onboard from this in Denmark for a safer industry.
17:45 - 17:50
Closing ceremony
In this talk Gerald Kloski summarizes the day and share his personal take aways and what he will do in a different way tomorrow based on what has been taking place today.
17:50 - 18:30
TFZ conference reception
18:30 - 21:00
Safety Award Dinner (separate registration is required)
19:30 - 20:15
Safety Award Dinner speech: We are all cavemen in suits or workwear
Errare humanum est (To err is human) but are we able to learn from our mistakes? By design we are built to blame others for errors and only take ownership of success.
This and other biases help us in life, but it also makes it difficult at times.

A walk down our troubled decision making and how this can be used to do better via nudge and behavioral design.
Jens Balle has an extensive background from the financial sector but has switched to the good side, and now teaches and consults on behavioral design, nudging and behavioral finance. In 2015 he wrote the book Cavemen in suits (only available in Danish: Hulemænd i habitter) and is an often-used speaker and specialist on the topic.
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