Does the Buddy System Work?

In oil and gas operations, many companies rely on the “Buddy System” to protect workers operating in remote locations, under the theory that two people working together will be safer than if they were working alone. If one person has an issue, the other worker is there to help them out.

This age old principle has served to keep workers safe for hundreds of years and is still a cornerstone of the most modern and complex safety programs.

But what if BOTH buddies go down? What if one worker is hurt, and his buddy doesn’t have cell phone reception in a remote area?

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and other hazardous gases don’t care if you are alone or have an entire crew with you. These invisible killers can strike before anyone knows what happened. If both “buddies” go down, who will call for help?

The Shepherd System is the best solution to this flaw in the Buddy System.  Rather than having a simple personal monitor with a siren and flashing lights that warn workers if they are exposed to dangerous levels of H2S, the Shepherd System keeps watch over all workers in the field, and automatically calls for help the instant gas appears.

When workers are equipped with our integrated Personal Monitors, they can call for help in any emergency situation by simply pressing the red “Panic” button. Our satellite based communications ensure that help is on the way, even in the most remote areas.

Shepherd Wireless Gas Detectors can be placed in known hazardous areas and programmed to notify safety personnel when H2S or other hazardous gases are detected, so the problem can solved before anyone enters the location and risks exposure.

At Shepherd Safety, we believe in the time honored “buddy system”, but we also want to make sure BOTH buddies return home at the end of their work day.