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

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Spring break-up: What is it and what does it mean for rig crews?

College students get spring break. Roughnecks have spring break-up.

Many Canadian rig crews head back to work in June after enjoying some time off in the spring. If you are new to the drilling industry or you work in a warmer climate, you may not be familiar with the term “spring break-up.” That’s OK because Bradey Benoit, Rig Manager of Trinidad Rig 6, has 16 years of drilling in Canada under his belt and volunteered to help us explain what spring break-up means. Continue reading