Drug and alcohol testing oilfield

Drilling rigs are no place for drugs and alcohol

This is the first post in our two-part series on pre-employment testing in our US division.

It’s as simple as this: there’s no place for substance abuse on a drilling rig. That’s why every rig hand that receives an employment offer with Trinidad has to pass a mandatory drug and alcohol test prior to hitting the field.

“Trinidad has a zero-tolerance policy for substance abuse,” explained Amanda Vaught, HR Supervisor based out of our Houston, Texas office. “We work endlessly to ensure our crews go home in the same shape they came to work in and confirming they’re fit-for-duty is a crucial step in making sure that happens.”

Read on as Vaught explains part one of the pre-employment testing process in our US division. Here’s how drug and alcohol testing works. Continue reading

High torque top drives at Trinidad Drilling

Torquin’-up top drives at Trinidad

We’re always looking for innovative approaches to tackle our customers’ toughest drilling programs. Most recently, our Canadian sales and marketing group teamed up with Trinidad’s top drive expert, Brent Kryzanowski, to come up with a top drive plan a little out of the ordinary.

“Our customer’s drilling program needed a top drive that could handle continuous 30,000 ft-lbs and 160 RPM to power through a tough formation,” explained Kryzanowski. “So we decided to upgrade a top drive with National Oilwell Varco that has worked really well for us.”

Let’s sort out the lingo

If you’re new to motors or the industry, Kryzanowski likely lost you at “30,000 ft-lbs”. Not to worry – we’ll break it down. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling International Rig Accommodations

Rig speak 101: Livin’ that camp life

Rig hands can spend up to half the year away from home, often working in remote locations, and sometimes in other countries. Exposed to the elements for up to twelve and a half hours a shift, they need to be well-rested and well-fed to perform their duties safely and efficiently on the rig.

For newcomers to the drilling business, here’s a look at where rig hands hang their hats at the end of the day. Welcome to camp life! Continue reading

Roughneck raised with Les and Gaston Hodge

Roughneck raised with Les Hodge

With his dad working on and off the rigs since he was eight years old, Les Hodge understands what it means to be roughneck raised.

Working a 20 and 10 schedule, Hodge’s dad would fly to Alberta for 20 days of work then make the 6,000 km trip back to spend ten days at home in Savage Cove, Newfoundland. No matter how tempted he may have been to relax on his days off, his dad was always determined to make the most of his time with family. Continue reading

Meet Christopher Suitt: motorhand and military man

Christopher Suitt, childhood buddy John, Christopher’s grandpa

Being a soldier is in Christopher Suitt’s blood. Born into a long line of veterans, Suitt’s family has been in the U.S. military for close to 90 consecutive years. His grandfather served, his uncles served, and his cousins continue to serve.

We caught up with the Motorhand on Rig 446 and sergeant in the United States Army, as he finishes up his last hitch before his first overseas tour.

In this Q&A, Suitt talks about why the rigs turned out to be a perfect fit for his military background. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 123 Pithand Bennie McFerran

5 questions with Pithand, Bennie McFerran, on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet

Bennie McFerran is one of the newest guys on Trinidad Rig 123, currently drilling in Reeves County, Texas. Admittedly a bit nervous to start with a new company in November of last year, McFerran’s nerves were quickly put aside when he found out the crew he was joining was coming up on eight years without a recordable incident.

“I’d heard Trinidad was a good company to work for and knew they had nice rigs, but I didn’t know how great the company was until I started. Safety records like this are something special,” said McFerran.

We caught up with the rig’s newest Pithand to find out what it’s like working on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet. Here’s what McFerran had to say. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 57

Behind the scenes of a Trinidad rig move: Rig 57 heads south

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know our team’s been busy moving one of our Canadian rigs to Midland, Texas. Selected by the customer to make the 3,500 km (2,175 mile) trek because of its unique pad drilling capabilities, Rig 57 just made its debut in the Permian Basin. According to Baker Hughes, it joins half of the active oil rigs in the United States in this play.

Mega pad monster

The 1,500 HP Triple’s moving system is what really sets it apart from other rigs in west Texas. With advanced moving systems on both the center section (the derrick and substructure) and compound, Rig 57 can walk from well-to-well with flexibility and ease. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

Trinidad reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

A few weeks ago, we spoke with John Meckert about his thirty-year career in the industry and how a few key moments changed his perspective on safety forever. This week, Meckert explains how he and his team helped Trinidad hit its lowest company-wide total recordable incident rate (TRIR)* in 21 years.

“In 2016, Trinidad achieved a TRIR of 0.75,” said Meckert, Trinidad’s Vice President of HSE and QMS. “Meaning we had fewer recordable incidents than ever on our rigs.”

Driving Trinidad’s safety record to all-time lows

Down from a rate of over one in 2015, Meckert believes our 2016 TRIR is a reflection of how well Trinidad’s proactive safety efforts are working. It is also a reflection of the company’s safety culture. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 432

This week on the blog, a look at Trinidad Rig 432, drilling near Edson, Alberta. Formerly CanElson Rig 32, this ultra-heavy telescopic double and its crews are known to “drill like a bat ‘outta hell” (while working safe, of course).

Trinidad Drilling Rig 432

Interested in more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 703, a pad rig designed for high pressure, high temperature deep wells in southern Mexico. Or Rig 100, recently upgraded to a 2,000 HP AC XL Triple to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.