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 included:
    • D&D Oil Field Services
    • Nabors Drilling
    • Anadarko
    • Automation Electronics
    • Trihydro
    • Sinclair Refinery
    • Halliburton
    • M&N Equipment
  • 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
    • Continue presentation of the Annual Governor’s SWA Award Annually
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