April 14, 2010
To: Kendall Kinchen, Custom Safety Products
Kendall, the new design floor mats, without the studs, has more
than exceeded our expectations. The harsh environment we encounter
in the Baaken field is challenging in all aspects. Winter
conditions present opportunities for a slip fall on a constant
basis. The drilling fluid used is "invert" a type of oilbase that
combined with sub-zero temperatures can be very slick. We have
equipped all of our Bakken rigs with your products. This has
allowed us to all but eliminate slip falls on the rig floor. The
only comments from our employees were that the steel studs were
tough on boots and knees. The new design mats have solved these
Our decision to put the racking board mats on the cold country rigs
was a wise decision. We have not had a single ice plug issue since
we installed them. The drilling fluid, snow and water drain out
every time. The drilling fluid drains to the sides where our drain
pans catch the fluid. The biggest advantage has been for our
employees. Whether tripping pipe or tailing pipe in the v-door
traction is not an issue and we have not had an incident.
In the modern oilfield safety is a core value. Making an
investment to maintain a safe work environment is a must. The
equipment we have purchased from Custom Safety Products have more
that paid for itself through the reduction in accidents in out
Kendall, thanks to you and your employees for helping to protect
Purchasing and Expenditures Manager
Bronco Drilling Company Inc.
We are proud to endorse your product and your company. We
purchased the first mats for our rigs over 25 years ago and have
continued to do so for every one of our now 20 rigs. We tried an
import mat made of some kind of recycled material about 5 years
ago, but it quickly started curling and created a trip hazard on
our rig floor. We have also purchased your racking mats and center
mats which have held up as well as the rotary mats. At Scandrill
Inc. we appreciate the long term relationship and your willingness
to repair or replace lost sections or damaged mats years and years
after the original purchase date.
"The Performance Driven Drilling Contractor of Choice in the
11777 Katy Frwy Suite 470
Houston, TX 77079
Custom Safety Products has provided a drill floor mat which is
satisfactory to company requirements. After asking several managers
what vendor to get the mats from, the only response was C.S.P. This
speaks volumes regarding the results this mat has produced since
there wasn't even a suggestion as to research other vendors.
April 23, 1985
The safety department and operations management would like to
thank you for introducing to us the safety pad I and safety pad II.
Since our introduction to the pad in 1980 when our first big rig
went to work, we have purchased 11 pads for our rigs. We have been
very pleased with the pads; the durability of the pad and the
prevention of non-slippage with the non-skid surface and the
grooves made the difference.
We can honestly say we haven't had a major or severe accident on
the rig floor that resulted in someone slipping, twisting the
knees, or falling on the rig floor.
We can contribute several factors why the safety pad has been a
great attribute to our rigs.
1. A durable product doesn't wear and holds up to all types of
chemical and drilling mud additives.
2. The non-skid surface prevents slippage of the feet.
3. The deep grooves help the men have sure footing when pulling
slips or when latching tongs onto drill pipes.
4. Easy to keep clean and can be resurfaced with no downtime to
5. Gives the men a softer cushion on their feet.
6. Eliminates body fatigue as to standing on hard steel
7. An added safety feature when presenting rig for job.
We just wanted you to know that over the past five years we have
been very pleased to have these safety pads on our rigs and will
continue using them. And the reason for purchasing these pads is to
help revent accidents on the rig floor.
Thanks again for a fine product.
Booker Drilling Company, Inc.
August 1, 1985
Our first Safety Pad II was installed on Rig #13 in November
1981. Since then, Rig #13 has logged over 700 operating days and
the pad is still providing an effective slip resistant working
surface around the rotary table. As you are aware, we continued
purchasing Safety Pad II until all 17 of our land based rigs were
I am convinced that the Safety Pad II has been one of the wisest
and most cost effective rig safety equipment investments we have
made. I have not indentified a single injury where insecure footing
around the rotary table was the primary cause or a contributing
cause, where the Safety Pad II was in use. I believe the secure
fotting that the pad provides has been an important contributing
factor to the 69% reduction in our disabling injury incidents rate
from 1981 to 1984.
I would not hesitate to recomment the Safety Pad II, if properly
sized and installed, as an effective safety device on oil and gas
well drilling rigs.
Basin Drilling Corp.
June 15, 1984
Houston Offshore International would like to thank you for the
trial installation of the Safety Pad II on our mobile offshore
drilling units, Sabine I and Sabine IV. Rig supervisors state that
they have several advantages that make them an asset to the rig
First off, the Safety Pad II reduces slip and fall incidents to
practically nil. Employees are able to maintain traction around the
rotary table even though it may be wet or covered with drilling
fluids. Trip time, both going in and coming out of the hole is
reduced as much as thirty (30) minutes per trip which equates to
one hour per round trip.
Second, rig operating costs are reduced in that there is no
longer a need to use roofing paper or coco mats as an anti-slip
surface. The surface of the safety pad, even after the 90 day test
period, appears to have no surface wear.
Safety and Training Coordinator
Houston Offshore International
February 9, 1984
Based on good experience and positive statements for the a/m
product from the drilling personnel on "WEST VANGUARD," we have
acquired the Safety Pad II also for "WEST VENTURE."
On board "WEST VANGUARD" it has been in use approximately 10
months. We may also add that during this period, there has not been
a single slip-fall injury on the rotary table.
February 9, 1984
The SAFETY PAD II around the rotary table was put into service
on January 17, 1983.
It must be some of the best to be found on the market. We are
extremely satisfied with it, and it has not been damaged at all.
Subjected to very rough treatment. The undersigned introduced it on
"WEST VENTURE" having seen it in use on "VILDKAT" where they also
use oil based mud. It gives a remarkably good "footgrip" and
despite spills of oilbased mud, it has increased the safety to the
workers. Use of other remedies, such as Wallnut shells etc, has not
nearly the same effect. These are dissolving, and may cause
problems to the ball bearings for the rotary. It is strongly
recommended by the undersigned.
February 7, 1983
We have had the Safety Pad II on board from April 17, 1983.
The crew on WEST VANGUARD is very pleased with it. It has a
somewhat rough surface with an approximate 20 x 20 cm square
pattern on top. Additionally, there are some small steel-spikes
sticking out approximately 5 mm. These give a very good friction to
Following almost a full year's use, one can hardly see any wear
and tear on the pad.
Normally, heavy tubes or drillstring stands are not placed on
the mat, but other heavy equipment, such as heavy XOs have fallen
down on it, without damaging it.
The undersigned has also seen the Safety Pad II in use on D/R
"NORDSKALD" (GLOMAR BISCAY 2). There, also drillstring pipes were
stored on the pad, without causing any damage to it.
Head of Drilling Dept.
I would like to bring your attention to the status of the Safety
Pad which Grace Offshore Company has acquired over the past 8
As a drilling company engaged in everyday activities on the rig
floor and people using their bodies to twist, turn, pivot and use
their backs while tripping in and out of the hole and latching
tongs, your safety pad II has been a great asset for us over the
years. We cannot recall any serious accidents or incidents which
resulted in a lost time accident. The durability of the pad over
the years with little maintenance, the non-skid surface and the
grooves made the difference in our people not slipping and falling
on the rig floor.
When we do have maintenance on the pad and the rig goes to work
without it, the toolpushers and rig floor crews want to know
"where's the safety pad?" This alone tells us that our money was
well spent for a product that came into the market place just 8
years ago when we were first introduced to it.
We at Grace Offshore just want to thank you for bringing this
product to our attention and that any other rig that goes to work
without it will have one at it's earliest convenience.
Thanks again for a fine product.
Grace Offshore Company
January 14, 1983
We are impressed with the performances of your product, and
intend to provide each of our rigs with one as budget permits.
Peter Bawden Drilling Inc.
May 28, 1982
I wanted to write you to let you know how much we have enjoyed
your product, Safety Pad II. I have talked to the toolpushers on
both hitches and most of the men we have on the Gulfdrill who are
using it. Everyone has told me it's the best way that they have
seen yet to control the problem of slipping down on a muddy rotary
table. From a safety supervisors out look it's working out better
than I thought. We have almost eliminated all of our accidents on
the floor due to falls or slipping down with the Safety Pad.
The claims for the injuries we were having have gone down to a
point now that the pad has almost paid for itself. I want to
compliment you again on your product. I feel sure in time we will
call for a pad for each of our rigs we have now.
Safety & Training Supervisor
August 18, 1982
We would like to express our opinion concerning the mats around
the rotary table.
- Floor mats give very good footing even with oil based
- Floor mats give more stability of footing, helping to keep
production at a maximum.
- Floor mats help keep accidents down, because of less
- It is in our opinion that floor mats would be of great concern
around rotary table and drill floors.
- All crews on Continental Drilling Co. Rig #3 would like to
thank the company for providing the rotary table mat on this rig,
and would like to have these mats around floor as well.
Continental Drilling Co.
January 19, 1982
Your request for accident information in regards to our using
your Safety Mats is, I am certain, an honest one. So with this in
mind, I will give you an honest answer and it is that we at AWI
have nothing but praise for your product. We not only feel it has
reduced our slip and fall accidents to zero wherever we install
your mats, but our employees' morale has also greatly improved. As
you are well aware, we did not limit your mats to the rig floor
area, but also on the monkey boards to help improve footing for the
In conclusion, since we installed your safety mats on ten of our
eleven rigs, we have not had one slip related accident.