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.
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.”
The views expressed in this blog are the personal views of Trinidad’s President and CEO, Brent Conway, and do not constitute legal or financial advice to any person. Readers are advised to consult their own professional advisors before making any investment decision.
On Friday, October 5, Trinidad agreed to merge with Precision Drilling, creating an industry-leading contract driller. Both companies’ board of directors have agreed to the merger and recommend shareholders vote in favour. The merger is expected to be finalized later this year, following approval from our shareholders and certain regulators.
This merger comes on the heels of a hostile take-over bid submitted by Ensign, which Trinidad’s board recommends shareholders reject. Given that the Precision offer is higher than Ensign’s, this deal is better value for our shareholders – but it also better aligns with our company’s values, culture and vision.
Of course, with all these changes come a lot of questions. We’ve gathered some of the most common questions we’ve received since the announcement and passed them along to Brent Conway, our President and CEO. Keep reading to get answers from the CEO himself. Continue reading →
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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.