We Interrupt This Schedule... Does Your Turnaround Have Enough Expertise to Go Around?

By Randy Guillot, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Onpoint

It happens far too often during turnarounds. Despite many months of advance planning, schedules and budgets fall off track, leaving multiple days – and possibly millions of dollars – wasted.

Why? More times than not, skilled workers have been taken off task to fill voids in safety and logistics staffing, thus reducing time on tools. Does your turnaround have enough expertise to go around?

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When a plant owner asks contractors to handle work outside of the original scope - overseeing their own safety procedures, managing their own workforce transportation, or securing permitting, to name a few – the owner is undermining the schedules, budgets and safety of tightly orchestrated turnaround projects.

Eager to deliver on owner requests, contractors instinctively stretch their teams thin to provide those extraneous services by squeezing two jobs out of one worker. Skilled operators and craftsmen are pulled from their primary jobs to focus on tasks that are beyond their expertise or below their pay grade: preparing permits for the next shift, executing pre-shift safety checks on buses, fueling up or standing in as safety attendants. A worker’s time doesn’t come cheap. When they are stretched beyond their capacity, the value and progress of their work decreases—costing a plant owner big bucks and quality performance.

"Efficiency and Quality are crucial when it comes to the health of a turnaround. With Onpoint, you can maximize every hour of work – on and off the job site. With large-scale projects like turnarounds, even gaining back or increasing efficiency by 1% can save an owner hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars."

So how can plant owners eliminate unproductive misalignments on their turnarounds?

Staff the right people for the right jobs, and don’t skimp on logistical tasks. By bringing in an authority on logistics and safety services, contractors maximize time on tools, and turnaround managers become heroes.

With Onpoint, plant owners improve the odds that their turnarounds, shutdowns and outages will be completed on time and on budget. Our skilled support teams and services ensure a safe working environment, allowing contractors to stay focused on their assigned responsibilities.

  • A dedicated Logistics Safety team staffs your project with well-qualified, highly-trained safety attendants.
  • Licensed, trained and properly insured Workforce Transportation professionals shuttle your workers to and from the job site safely, with no wasted time on the clock.
  • Mobility Services equips your plant with a mobile storehouse of rental safety equipment, ensuring that workers have the supplies they need right when they need them.

When a worker bearing the Onpoint logo is on your turnaround site, you know that he or she is the best qualified worker for the job at hand. Through our proprietary Employee Qualification and Selection Process (EQSP®), we identify and retain workers with superior experience. We thoroughly test and validate their skills. We also prepare them for your unique requirements with project-specific training and orientation. Throughout your project, our supervisors stay on site to ensure that their services are executed with precision.

Efficiency and Quality are crucial when it comes to the health of a turnaround. With Onpoint, you can maximize every hour of work – on and off the job site. With large-scale projects like turnarounds, even gaining back or increasing efficiency by 1% can save an owner hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars.

Before or during your next turnaround, make sure there’s enough expertise to go around on your job site. Partnering with Onpoint for your safety and logistics services will put you on the right track. 

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