This is the first post in our “Day of Rig Safety” series, where we’ll be looking at the various steps Trinidad employees take to make sure everyone goes home at the end of the day.
Name: Paul Oake
Location: Rig 58, north of Fort Nelson, B.C.
Years with Trinidad: 6
Paul Oake begins every single day with safety on his mind.
Oake is a Floorhand on Rig 58, one of Trinidad’s newest triple rigs north of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. It’s way up north, near the 60th parallel.
An average workday for him involves tasks like drilling and manipulating sections of pipe or drill stem at the rig floor, removing and replacing strings of pipe or drill stem and assisting in setting up and taking down the drilling rig and equipment.
Safety precautions are also a huge part of his job.
Being a Rig Manager is not an easy gig. The Rig Manager (a.k.a. “toolpush”) works in the field to oversee every aspect of a rig’s operations and is responsible for the safety of three drilling crews (crews work on rotational shifts). A Rig Manager wears many hats: mechanical expert, teacher . . . even paper pusher. But, above all, a Rig Manager is a leader.
Here’s a look at what it’s like to lead a Trinidad rig.
Name: Jason Leach Role: Relief Rig Manager on Rig 37, 38 and 39 (all operating in Alberta) Years with Trinidad: 8
Of all the crew members on a rig, the Derrickhand position is probably the most well known because the Derrickhand climbs the rig’s derrick to work on a platform usually 25 metres above the rig floor.
“I’m the guy who has to put the belt on. Anytime there is something (to be done) up high, I put the belt on and go up the derrick,” said Larince Yewchuk, a Derrickhand on Trinidad Rig 2, referring to the safety harness Trinidad’s hands must wear while working at a height over three metres.
Yewchuk, whose rig operates mostly in southern Alberta, talked to us about what it is like to be a Derrickhand. Continue reading →
Working on the rigs isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be loud, busy, dirty and cold. Basically, it’s no desk job. But it’s also a rewarding career with room for advancement and a schedule that allows you to travel and spend time with family. As you may have heard, the money is pretty good. Oh yeah, you also get to work with some sweet equipment.
Here’s a look at rig life through the eyes of one of our team members:
Name: Ryan Wollin Position: Assistant Driller Team:Trinidad Rig 38 (located southeast of Grande Prairie, Alta.) Camp or non-camp job: Camp Years of drilling experience: 11 Years with Trinidad: Just over four Schedule: 20 days on, 10 days off
What a day on the rigs looks like for Ryan
Wake up at the crack of dawn:
The alarm clock goes off at 5:30 in the morning. I get up, have some breakfast, have a cup of coffee, and then around 6:30 the crew truck is ready to take us to work. Then we get changed and we meet up in the doghouse. Continue reading →
It takes a team of passionate, motivated and roll-up-your-sleeves-type individuals to make a drilling company great. Robert Duke, one of our Rig Specialists in Saudi Arabia, is one of those people. Continue reading →