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Published March 26th, 2020

What is Well Drilling?

Well drilling is the process of drilling a hole in the ground to extract groundwater, brine or gas, or petroleum. Well drilling begins by examining the site's geological processes. Depending on these geological conditions, some well drilling procedures can be complex and would require a well-planned infrastructure, a variety of processes, and well-trained professionals to oversee the operation.

What is a Well Drilling Checklist?

A well drilling checklist is a tool where all requirements, standards sucha as the Environmental Health and Safety Standards are checked to see if they have been met and accounted for. Using a checklist before and during drilling operations, assist supervisors, geologists, engineers, and project managers in providing good supervision on the task at hand. Lack of good supervision compromises the quality of work which can cause high-cost repairs and safety risks for the workers and the environment.

Top 3 Common Well Drilling Safety Issues and How to Prevent Them

Drilling is a hazardous activity that poses safety risks for both the employees and the public living nearby. It is the duty of the supervisor or project manager to look after the safety of his/her own safety and his drilling crew. Supervisors must be vigilant to prevent accidents from occurring.

Below are common safety issues that well-drilling crew face during operations:

  1. Struck by falling objects
    Protect the public from your site by putting up barriers. Spectators should be kept behind those barriers to avoid getting struck by falling objects, such as a drill pipe, or a hose breaking loose from a compressor or mud pump – which could be fatal.

    How to prevent them?
    Conduct a safety check before the operation and ensure that protective barriers and signs are installed around the site. You can also ask assistance from local communities to support this initiative by guarding the barrier tapes. As part of the safety measures, it is also recommended to have a supervisor knowledgeable in basic first aid training and have medical kits available in the site.

  2. Equipment failures
    It is vital for equipment used in the well-drilling operation to be in good working condition for operations to run successfully. Otherwise, it will not only cost the company’s resources but also put the lives of the crew and public at risk.

    How to prevent them?
    Always make it a point to have periodic planned maintenance and regular maintenance checks on your equipment to ensure that all parts are working as per its design. You can have a log for your equipment and have employees fill out a checklist to mark certain equipment as safe for use. Having a log allows you to easily see which items or equipment are best to use and which needs attention.

  3. Human error
    One of the major causes of well drilling incidents is caused by human failure. Human failures are either due to slips and lapses (skill-based errors), and mistakes.

    How to prevent them?
    According to HSE, you can mitigate human failure by providing training to eliminate slips and lapses. Avoid human mistakes by increasing situational awareness of high-risk tasks on site. Establish safety management across the organization by actively implementing safety measures, like barriers, alarms and PPE for worker safety.

Well Drilling Safety Management with a Mobile App

Prevent drilling accidents from happening and lessen safety issues from arising with iAuditor. iAuditor is a mobile inspection app that is well known for raising quality and safety to a whole new level. Automate your audits and inspections. Perform your checks before drilling operations using a digital checklist on your mobile phone or tablet device. Replace time-consuming paper workflow and replace with a digital app that enhances good supervision across operations:

  1. Conduct assessments using easy-to-build inspection templates you can use and customize with no programming skills needed..
  2. Visualize data in real-time so you can spot and track red flags to assign the appropriate corrective measures.
  3. Automatically generate and send comprehensive reports (SharePoint, Google Sheets, and Dropbox) as you finish an audit
  4. Utilize API integration for seamless network security reporting and other usages.
  5. Use for free with small network security teams. Unlimited reports and storage for premium accounts


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.