According to U.S. Tornadoes, an average of 1,224 tornadoes touch down each year across the United States. With Texas being the hottest spot for twister activity, and the majority of our U.S. rig fleet drilling there, tornado safety is always on our radar.
HSE Field Coordinator, Alex Cavazos, has been preparing rig crews for severe weather for the last five years. A native of Texas, Alex understands the affects severe weather can have on a worksite.
“As with any safety-sensitive situation, the best way to handle severe weather is to be proactive and well-prepared,” explained Alex.
Keep reading for his team’s safety tips at the rig when the skies take a turn for the worse. Continue reading
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.