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Oil rig work/Roughnecking - How dangerous?

Posted: Feb 18th, 2012 5:26 pm
by ElectricTough
Hey guys, I'm considering moving out to Alberta come summer time to work on an oil rig. I know I would start as a roughneck and I understand it's dangerous, but just how dangerous is it? Are there statistics somewhere? Is there a relatively good chance I could be seriously injured or die?

Anyone have any idea?

Re: Oil rig work/Roughnecking - How dangerous?

Posted: Feb 18th, 2012 6:29 pm
by nemollc
ElectricTough wrote:
Feb 18th, 2012 5:26 pm
Hey guys, I'm considering moving out to Alberta come summer time to work on an oil rig. I know I would start as a roughneck and I understand it's dangerous, but just how dangerous is it? Are there statistics somewhere? Is there a relatively good chance I could be seriously injured or die?

Anyone have any idea?

you should have used the search buttom :facepalm:

but anyways here you go

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/alberta- ... s-1082760/

Re: Oil rig work/Roughnecking - How dangerous?

Posted: Feb 18th, 2012 7:24 pm
by JK400
Dangerous hard manual labour is the definition of being a roughneck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughneck

Did you ever see the movie "There will be blood"? Those guys that got caught in the drills and crap are roughnecks.

Stick to your 100% sales commission job at your mom and pop electrical outfit in the middle of nowhere if you aren't looking for some grueling, back-breaking labour..

P.S Here's an article if you're 100% clueless on the subject, it'll give you a vague idea of what goes on when doing these jobs:

http://www.khou.com/home/The-Risk-of-Be ... 31209.html

I don't know about you, but those two guys standing around that huge drill in some beat-up concrete factory look like they're having the time of their lives to me

Re: Oil rig work/Roughnecking - How dangerous?

Posted: Feb 19th, 2012 12:08 am
by rgz
Danger level is similar to construction labor and companies work very hard to ensure high safety standards.

Re: Oil rig work/Roughnecking - How dangerous?

Posted: Feb 19th, 2012 12:14 am
by thadoctor
ElectricTough wrote:
Feb 18th, 2012 5:26 pm
Hey guys, I'm considering moving out to Alberta come summer time to work on an oil rig. I know I would start as a roughneck and I understand it's dangerous, but just how dangerous is it? Are there statistics somewhere? Is there a relatively good chance I could be seriously injured or die?

Anyone have any idea?

Its about as dangerous as carpenter, if you pay attention to what your doing the tools and during the safety courses odds of something happening are slim to none. Go read my post in the Alberta Oil Rigs thread on this topic tons of info.