If you want to a job which is adrenaline pumping and highly paid, working in an offshore oil rig is a good option to choose. It gives you the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world. Even though you have to stay away from your friends and family for months on end, the dynamics and excitement of the day to day life more than compensates for it.
But this job is also very risky and can at times become even life-threatening. This is primarily because you are working within a zone of high combustibility where even a small mistake can tip the balance and cause a catastrophe. Hence all the workers from engineers to marine officers, managers, drillers, on site welders etc., all have to undergo safety training on a regular basis.
Some very important self safety precautions that need to be taken
Even though off shore oil rigs operations are mostly automated and controlled by job-specific very high end computers, there are still many things that can go wrong. For example malfunctioning equipments have to be corrected by the on site welders and other workers forming a part of the maintenance crew. Since these jobs are generally done on the spot, they can turn into potential disaster sites if certain safety precautions are not taken.
1. Always stay alert: Accidents always happen without prior warning. And the propensity for these increases when you are working in oil rigs. Hence your focus and attention should be totally devoted to the job at hand. At the same time you also need to keep your peripheral vision alert for unwanted objects coming your way and harming you.
2. Always wear protective gear: This will probably be the only thing keeping you alive in case of an accident. Oil rig workers also have to wear a uniform of bright fluorescent colour to increase their visibility. Other protective gears include helmets, gloves, specially designed goggles etc. They might be cumbersome to wear all the time but wearing them is still better than repenting later.
3. Regular maintenance and repair work: Maintenance checks need to be carried out periodically and repair work done instantly. Since the machinery and equipments of shore oil rigs face the ravages of weather regularly, they suffer from a lot of wear and tear. Care must thus be taken that worn out gear is immediately replaced and short term repairs like rigging, never carried out.
4. Use only equipments you know well: The workers of an off shore oil rig are trained to specialise in specific and equipment oriented skills. Hence you should only concentrate on jobs about which you are competent and knowledgeable.
5. Follow safety rules and Regulation: It is mandatory to follow all rules and regulations to the letter. They cannot be questioned or taken lightly and safety journals should always be kept at hand for easy referral.
An off-shore oil rig worker might never be totally safe but taking these precautions goes a long way in alleviating some of the risks and thereby increasing overall safety.