Erika Rocha, Trinidad Drilling’s Canadian HSE Compliance Manager, started working in the oil and gas industry almost 12 years ago because she was living in Fort St. John, B.C., and there weren’t a lot of other career choices. But Rocha has stayed because, it turns out, she loves the work.
“I’ve been able to understand and learn so many things within the industry, including manufacturing and drilling. I love the challenge. I love how you can learn something new every day and have the opportunity to be creative within the job,” said Rocha, who works out of our Canadian drilling offices in Nisku, Alta., and has been part of Trinidad’s safety team for six years.
In order for this to happen, safety needs to be a value you’re committed to in all aspects of life. Why? Because safe attitudes and behaviors are not something that can be turned on and off when you get to and leave work.
“We train our workers with skills they can use at work as well as at home,” said Brad Huber, Trinidad’s General Manager of HSE for Canadian Drilling. “We want our workers bringing their safe behaviours home as well as back to work with them.”
We’re sure you’ve heard the phrases “faster than the speed of light” or “as swift as an eagle”. But, in our opinion, these figures of speech don’t even begin to describe the speed at which the crew, full of heart and hustle on Rig 137, drilled their last three wells in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas.
Brandon Merriman and Trinidad Drilling have a “from the beginning” kind of relationship. The Rig Manager has worked with Trinidad since he started his drilling career more than eight years ago, and he has worked on Rig 124 from the time it hit the field in 2009.
“Safety is the most important issue to us out here,” said Walsworth. “We’re essentially family; we spend more time on the rigs than we do with our families at home. I believe that is what makes safety so important to us. You wouldn’t want anything to happen to one of your family members.”
“You have to have some understanding bosses,” said McNeil, who retired from the CFL in 2007 and is now Trinidad’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “During the season, I would work part time. If I had a day off from football, I came into work. We would practice from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day, and then I would come into work in the afternoon.”