Safety Management Systems’ Medical Director Dr. Kurt Papenfus Co-Authors Safety Article in Drilling Contractor Magazine

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Dr. Kurt Papenfus and other members of the National Occupational Research Agenda Oil and Gas Extraction Council each presented case studies that were compiled into an article entitled “Good Safety is Good Business,” which discusses how investing in proper safety and health practices for workers financially makes the best business sense.

The utilization of safety/medics in remote operating areas is a proven benefit in ensuring timely treatment, mitigating injury severity and containing medical costs.

Kurt Papenfus, MD, medical director for Safety Management Systems’ Colorado operations, recently co-authored a safety article in Drilling Contractor, the official magazine of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and the only magazine exclusively covering the global drilling and completion industry both on land and offshore.

Dr. Papenfus and other members of the National Occupational Research Agenda Oil and Gas Extraction Council each presented case studies that were compiled into an article entitled “Good Safety is Good Business,” which discusses how investing in proper safety and health practices for workers financially makes the best business sense.

Papenfus contributed the third case study in the article, “Mismanagement of injuries may cause injury costs to skyrocket,” in which he chronicles the hand injury of a rig worker. Due to delayed examination and treatment the employee had to have surgery and healing time was significantly more extensive than if it was handled properly. Because of this the costs to the drilling contractor, the insurance provider, and the employee were substantial; also, the lost time incident (LTI) could have potentially cost the remainder of the rig contract which was valued at $16 million in revenues.

States Papenfus: “Effective case management is critical to preventing workplace injuries from requiring hospitalization, reaching the LTI classification and containing medical costs. The utilization of safety/medics in remote operating areas is a proven benefit in ensuring timely treatment, mitigating injury severity and containing medical costs.”

Papenfus specializes in Emergency Medicine and has been a medical director for EMS in Colorado for almost 20 years. He first joined SMS in 2007 for a drilling project in the Piceance Basin in 2007 and has remained with SMS ever since, making himself invaluable to the company with his immense understanding of OSHA incident classification and their effects on the oil and gas industry. He makes himself available 24 hours a day for physician consultations with SMS’ paramedics.

Safety Management Systems, part of Acadian companies, is one of one of the largest providers of health, safety, environmental, medical and training services in the United States with an expanding international presence.

Since 1971, Acadian has been committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade they have expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

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