Stop Work Authority

We choose to focus on and recognize Stop Work Authority because it provides companies and employees with a powerful and effective safety tool. It turns “what could have happened, into what didn’t happen”. Stop Work Authority (SWA) prevents an incident, damage, or injury from occurring, no matter how minor or serious. WOGISA believes one injury or one fatality is too many. Download and fill out the Stop Work Authority Nomination Form and learn more about the program through the Stop Work Authority Presentation.

SWA demonstrates and exemplifies:

That the employee(s) get it – he/she recognizes and corrects hazards! It also demonstrates that the supervisor and Company understand the importance of working safely. Thus further exemplifying the company’s commitment to safety program(s) and a safety culture. It also recognizes individuals, the supervisors and the respective Company throughout the state as a leader in safety and SWA.

WOGISA Recognition and Governor’s SWA Awards have the potential to:

Encourage others to properly exercise their SWA. Encourages other companies to develop, implement and support SWA programs, while enhancing Wyoming’s safety culture. Finally making Wyoming a safe state to work in by preventing incidents, damage, injuries and fatalities.

Introduction and History of the Stop Work Authority:

  • In May 2012, the Governor met with the WOGISA Board and offered to support an annual safety award program
  • In June 2012, the Board and Membership approved Stop Work Authority (SWA) as the theme for an Annual Governor’s Award
  • The WOGISA SWA Committee finalized the SWA Award Program between June and July 2012
  • The SWA Award Program was submitted to the Governor for review in late-July 2012 and approved in mid-September 2012
  • Subsequently, WOGISA began accepting nominations for the initial Governor’s SWA Award – companies that submitted nominations in 2012 included:
    • D&D Oil Field Services
    • Nabors Drilling
    • Anadarko
    • Automation Electronics
    • Trihydro
    • Halliburton
    • M&N Equipment
  • On September 26, 2012, the WOGISA SWA Committee reviewed 12 SWA nominations and prepared a recommendation for the initial Governor’s SWA Award
  • The WOGISA Board approved the Committee’s recommendation and the Governor’s office endorsed the selection in preparation for presentation at the Safety Summit
  • The 1st Annual Governor’s SWA Award was presented at the Safety Summit (October 4, 2012) by Joan Evans (Director -WYDWFS) on behalf of Governor Matt Mead
  • On November 13, 2012, the WOGISA Board agreed to expand the SWA Award Program to:
    • Request nominations throughout the year
    • Issue a WOGISA SWA recognition award at the regularly scheduled General Membership Meetings
    • Continue presentation of the Annual Governor’s SWA Award at the 5th Annual Safety Summit later in 2013
  • The study/implementation of Stop Work Authority (SWA) as an essential or best safety practice has been around for years. Many Companies have programs, policies and/or guidance that affords employees SWA. SWA establishes the ‘responsibility and obligation’ for any individual to suspend a single work task or group operation when:
    • The control of a Health, Safety and/or Environment risk is not clearly established or understood
    • An individual identifies or recognizes an unforeseen hazard or risk, which if left uncorrected, may result in injury or damage
  • Most importantly, SWA is a powerful and effective safety tool that instills a strong safety culture, encourages safe behaviors and responsibility.

Examples of Stop Work Authority

Inadequate Setup Skills

Situation: A trucking foreman was called to transport a loaded scrap iron bin to a scrap yard. No trained regular drivers were available, so the foreman decided to transport the load. The foreman had trouble hooking up the winch tractor and tail roll trailer because he/she had not used this type of equipment for some time. Realizing that his/her skills were inadequate with this type of tractor-trailer rig setup skills, he stopped work to assess the situation.

Process: After assessing the situation, the foreman notified his/her supervisor and the client of his situation. The client agreed with the stop work and requested that scrap company provide a qualified/experienced truck driver and transport rig, which prevented a possible incident/accident, as well as reduced the cost of completing the task.

Immediate Danger to Personnel

Situation: A crane operator noticed an employee working within the fall zone of his suspended load. The operator immediately stopped work, secured the suspended load and alerted the worker to move out of the restricted work zone.

Process: Movement of the suspended load was ceased until the employee had moved out of danger and the restricted work zone. The suspended load was then safely set down. Subsequently, the operator notified his/her supervisor, who immediately called and conducted a safety stand-down meeting