Rig safety: How to stay safe when the temperature drops

In January, the average daily temperature in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is ­-17 C (about 1 F). That’s chilly, but ask anyone drilling in Western Canada (or the northern U.S.), it can get a lot colder.

“Temperatures in northern Alberta and British Columbia vary, as does the corresponding wind chill values. Mother Nature can be a handful. That’s why we try to anticipate all environmental challenges,” said Dwayne Barrett, Field Safety and Compliance Supervisor with Trinidad’s Canadian division.

Trinidad has policies in place to keep our employees safe when they are exposed to cold temperatures, wind or rain. We ensure heated rest areas are available, and we train our teams on guidelines to follow while working in the elements.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself when the mercury drops.  Continue reading