Managing ‘snaky’ situations in West Texas

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
A western diamondback rattlesnake pictured at one of Trinidad’s West Texas rig sites

Hey, we get it. Being tough is an unwritten roughneck prerequisite, so you’re not about to get scared off by a snake or two on the lease.

Right….

To all those who have jumped out of their skin after being startled by a rattlesnake hiding under rig matting – your secret’s safe with us.

Working around venomous snakes is a reality West Texas rig hands have to be prepared for.

“Western diamondbacks, coral snakes, tarantulas, scorpions…you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em in West Texas,” said Marco Rocha, our HSE supervisor based out of Midland, Texas.

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From the field to the office: Part two

Dolan Hughson Trinidad DrillingDolan Hughson is the latest field employee to trade in his coveralls for a suit and tie at Trinidad. Much like Canadian Contracts Manager, Steve Bozko, Dolan wanted to learn more about the business off the rigs, and saw our Sales Manager opening in Colorado as a perfect opportunity to drill deeper.

“I know Trinidad’s rigs inside and out,” said Dolan, who started with us 14 years ago as a Rig Manager and worked his way up the ladder to General Manager in our U.S. division, prior to landing the Sales Manager role in Colorado.

“Working on the sales and marketing side is a great opportunity for me to learn more about what goes into contracts, contract negotiations and risk assessment.” Continue reading

Pre-employment physical evaluations on a drilling rig

Physical evaluations: Are you fit-for-duty?

This is the second post in our two-part series on pre-employment testing in Trinidad’s US division.

It’s no secret that working on a drilling rig involves labour-intensive work – often performed in extreme conditions. That’s why new rig hands have to be deemed “fit-for-duty” before they head out to the field to ensure they can handle the physical and mental requirements of their assigned job. To be rig-ready, they need to pass both a drug and alcohol test, and a physical evaluation.

With a solid grip on Trinidad’s zero-tolerance stance on substance abuse and testing procedures, it’s time to get physical! Read on as HR Supervisor, Amanda Vaught, takes us through physical evaluations in our US division. Continue reading

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

Trinidad Drilling moving system

Inside Trinidad’s 2017 rig upgrade program: Part two

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the rig upgrades we have underway to tackle west Texas’ long lateral wells. In addition to increasing mud pump capabilities, adding generators, and expanding racking capacities, we’re also modifying our rigs to drill more efficiently in response to low commodity prices.

Here are a few of the ways we’re adapting some of our top-performing US rig fleet to drill deeper…cheaper. 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

Part two: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

Two weeks ago, we learned about Adrian Lachance’s oil patch genealogy and the time he tried his luck at acting. This week, we’ll explain Lachance’s status as a MacGyver of sorts in the drilling business and describe how Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer got to where he is today.

For those of you who have worked on a Bear Drilling rig or are part of Trinidad’s CanDrill 1,500 fan club, this blog’s for you. Continue reading

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Part one: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

This is the first of two blog posts with Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Adrian Lachance.

You name it, this guy’s done it. From auditioning for the hit TV series MacGyver in the 1980s, to starting two successful businesses, Red Deer, Alberta native and Trinidad’s COO has a story that’s sure to surprise you.

Known today for his passionate demeanor, extensive industry knowledge, and experience with technical drilling, Lachance has been instrumental to Trinidad’s success over the years. A visionary at heart, not even he could have predicted the road that got him to where he is today. Continue reading

Trinidad’s got grit: looking back on 2016

Grit /grit/: noun: courage and resolve; strength of character.

synonyms: courage, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance

Despite the industry’s challenges in 2016, we dug in and demonstrated our grit. We just have that way about us. Our team was tested but continued moving forward, because no matter what, our people are dedicated to operational, safety and financial performance, and our equipment is designed to perform for our customers.

Read on as we celebrate the year past and join us in looking forward to the year ahead.

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