Holbrook and Delamora Win CountryMark Grand Prize Safety Awards

Dec 01 2014

Safety is job one at CountryMark and CountryMark Safety Director Aaron Willis recently announced the company’s safety performance record, as well as the company’s safety performance grand prize winners, for the refinery’s recent turnaround.


A refinery turnaround is a time when the refinery is closed for maintenance. According to CountryMark Vice President of Operations Pat Ward, CountryMark’s turnaround activities this year included installing equipment upgrades, performing scheduled preventative maintenance programs and conducting mechanical integrity assessments.

As a result of the turnaround, CountryMark will achieve capacity increases with select units, increased operational efficiencies, maintain government regulation compliance, and achieve operational reliability expectations.  

“Maintaining the safety of the employees and contractors during the 16-day turnaround was a top company priority and our employees and contractors really came through for us during this event,” said Willis. “We had 0 OSHA recordable injuries, 4 first aid injuries, 10 incidents and 11 near miss incidents. For an operation of this size and scope, we were extremely pleased with how safely everyone performed their assigned tasks.”

CountryMark employees and contractors logged approximately 160,000 manhours during the turnaround. 

Employees and contractors who participated in the turnaround were entered into a drawing. The employee grand prize for safety went to John Holbrook. Jonathon Delamora of Ohmstede Industrial Services took the grand prize for safety among the contractors that worked during the CountryMark turnaround. 

“We would like to thank everyone who safely contributed to the success of the CountryMark turnaround,” said Ward. “The commitment of the CountryMark employees and the contractor teams was critical in helping us safely reach our goals for this significant task.”

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