Trinidad Rig 136: A crew that cooks together, stays safe together

Trinidad Drilling Rig 136

Field Superintendent Thomas McKenzie and the crews on Rig 136 would be the first tell you that working six straight years with no recordable incidents is no small feat. They’re also proof that it’s possible.

Programs like Trinidad’s Reliability Triangle and T.E.S.T. play instrumental roles in building the foundations for a safe rig, but rigs like 136 with significant safety milestones seem to have a little something extra working in their favour; friendships that go beyond the rig floor.

Friendships built on this rig have been brewing for some time now, said McKenzie, as a number of the guys on Rig 136 worked together on Rig 112 in the Eagle Ford beforehand.

“We call each other family. We may not be family in the traditional sense of the word, but when you spend 14 days in a row with your crew every hitch, year in and year out, you’re bound to become close friends,” said Rig 136’s three-year Driller, Auden Corrales.

A little home cookin’ never hurt nobody

They’re such a tight knit group they even pitch in on groceries and cook for each other while they’re on the rig. Although the kitchen on Rig 136 may not look like mama’s kitchen, we’ve been assured the grub tastes just as good…at least it does when McKenzie isn’t cooking.

“There’s no dedicated cook on the crew – each of them take turns putting on the chef’s hat. I think the decision was unanimous to never give me the honour of cooking for them again,” laughed McKenzie.

Dealing with weather as moody as your teenage daughter

Eating well has been an important part of the crews’ routine to stay safe during temperature swings. The weather in the Permian Basin has kept everyone on their toes with temperatures ranging from 81 degrees Fahrenheit one day to 19 degrees the next (27 degrees Celsius to -7 degrees Celsius).

“The rig managers and drillers on Rig 136 do a good job of managing everyone – making sure the crew is taking quick water breaks one minute or stepping inside to raise their core temperature the next,” explained McKenzie.

As part of their daily routine, Corrales and his toolpush make sure everyone is fit-for-duty, dressed for success (and the weather), and up to speed on the day’s operations.

Staying safe at Trinidad

It takes a special kind of team to make everything run smoothly, day in and day out. Both McKenzie and Corrales have experienced that kind of team at Trinidad firsthand.

“The crews have done a great job of working safely and taking care of each other. Congratulations to the men and here’s to celebrating seven years with no recordables in no time at all,” said McKenzie.

What would being part of a crew with an outstanding safety record mean to you and your family? Keep an eye on our website for opportunities to join our well-trained crews on some of the biggest and baddest rigs in the business.

“Safety has been our number one priority since I started with Trinidad. That not only means the world to me and my crew, but to our families as well,” summed up Corrales.

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