Congratulations to our SMS Standout Jason Powell. Jason was recognized by our client for a presentation he conducted. This is what they had to say. “He put together a PowerPoint presentation covering heat stress and heat illness that was absolutely fantastic and we’d like to recognize him for going above and beyond. All of the crews and management were blown away and impressed with his presentation and knowledge on the topic.” Kudos to Jason for his dedication to keeping his shipmates healthy and safe. Great work! 

We were able to get a glimpse into what a day at work looks like for Jason and learn some fun facts about him.

A.A. Describe a typical day at work.

J.P Attend pre-tour meetings, complete daily paperwork, new personnel and returning personnel orientations, medical screenings, and paperwork, numerous walks out and around the rig checking temperature and heat index and making sure crews are taking breaks as needed and staying hydrated, performing medical assessment and treatment duties as needed.  


A.A. What was the best vacation you have ever taken?

J.P. I pretty much work all the time, so any time I get to go somewhere and spend time with family is the best vacation.


A.A. Describe yourself in one sentence.

J.P. Confident, but laid back with a splash of comedy.


A.A. What is your favorite thing about your job?

J.P. The family atmosphere of the crew I work with, in the Gulf. Also, the fact that as Willingham would say “there is a lot of water out there”!


A.A. What food could you live on for a month?

J.P. Jambalaya


A.A. What else do you spend your time doing?

J.P. Playing Golf with friends.


A.A. How do you stay motivated at work?

J.P. The environment I work in can be very hazardous. Knowing I can make a difference when the men and women I work with need me is all the motivation I need.  


A.A. What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?

J.P. After delivering a presentation on heat-related illness and injuries for the crew of the drillship I’m assigned to. I was told by the management staff of the asset and client we are drilling for, “it was the best presentation they have ever seen in the Gulf”. Knowing I was able to represent SMS and myself to that level, it doesn’t get much better than that.


A.A. Who would play you in a movie?

J.P. Vincent D’Onofrio.


A.A. Tell us about a moment that changed your life.

J.P. Being awarded the Medal of Valor for the lives I was able to save during an incident I responded to in my prior Law Enforcement career.  


A.A. What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?

J.P. Do your job to the best of your ability. If you can help someone in their time of need, do what you can!  


A.A. What is your favorite activity outside of work?

J.P. Duh! More golf, of course!!!


A.A. Name one book that inspired you professionally.

J.P. The Bible


A.A. Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?

J.P. The ability to teleport, so I would have the time to be in more places I need to be.


A.A. What was the best advice you were ever given?

J.P. Don’t try to hide or cover up your mistakes, confronting them will make you stronger!


A.A. Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?

J.P.  1. Buy a house on waterfront property.

  1. Be debt free.
  2. Retire, and play more golf.


A.A. Do you have any pets? What are their names?

J.P. A female Boxer named Sadie Marie.


A.A. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

J.P. I thought you would never ask! He yells, “Hola, amigo!” Also, he is here to remind me it’s taco day in the Gulf.

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