Senior leaders from Senex Energy and Hofco Oilfield Services recently paired up to do Safety Leadership Visits to worksites in Senex Energy’s Western Surat Gas Project. Three executives decided to step away from their desks to go and find out for themselves what’s happening at the worksite, and to engage the people on site in a conversation about the safety issues that relate directly to them. By pairing together to do this, senior leaders from two separate companies with different perspectives were able to share their experiences and promote industry-wide learning.


With onshore operations in the Cooper Basin (South Australia) and the Surat Basin (Queensland), independent oil and gas exploration company Senex Energy has a workforce that is spread far and wide. Over the course of a single day, visits were made to 3 separate worksites in Senex Energy’s Western Surat Gas Project – a production operations site, a dam construction site and a rig site – and conversations held with the people at each location.

“It’s really useful to get out there and see another company’s operations firsthand and meet their people on site. You learn a lot in one day” said Troy Schefe - Chief Executive Officer, Hofco Oilfiled Services. “The guys on site were pleased we came away with a better understanding of what their challenges were and that we listened to what they had to say” added Darren Greer - Chief Operating Officer, Senex Energy.

Senex Energy and Hofco Oilfield Service have some useful tips and suggestions to share with other companies via Safer Together to help maximise the value of Paired Safety Leadership Visits across our industry:

  • Prepare before you go – get a briefing so that you understand the local context and can have a more focused and useful conversation.
  • Enthusiasm is infectious – asking questions, being inquisitive and showing genuine interest in what people do will make them more likely to reciprocate, relax and share their views.
  • Promote partnership – senior leaders from different companies being on site together will open up a broader conversation with the workforce about industry collaboration.

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If you’re from a member company of Safer Together and are willing to host a Paired Safety Leadership visit at one of your company’s worksites, we’re keen to hear from you. To register your interest, please contact us at [email protected]


For more information about Paired Safety Leadership Tours click here

For more information about Senex Energy click here

For more information about Hofco Oilfield Services click here