Working on an offshore oil rig requires an iron will; if you choose to do so you face conditions unlike those in few other occupations. While rigs have increased in size over the years, each may hold over 100 workers in what is still a relatively confined space. Hosting massive turbine engines, miles of piping, Subsea Test Tree connections and various other heavy mechanical systems, platform jobs require your utmost physical and mental peak performance at all times. Most significant, rigs my be located hundreds of miles offshore, where extreme weather conditions prevail. In order to function well – let alone survive – in these conditions, you need to outfit yourself in basic gear designed to handle the working environment.
Head Protection First
PRT Offshore and other companies make worker safety the highest priority in operations. The rig operators themselves supply important pieces of protective equipment. However, supplies vary by company, and you might want more personalized choices; it is important to check into the offerings, but make certain that all meet job-specific regulations. You should purchase or have access to safety glasses and a helmet that fit both comfortably and properly and provide adequate ventilation. Where loud equipment runs constantly, you must wear appropriate ear protection; if you can do so, purchasing custom-fit models will provide you the most comfort and safety.
Give the same serious consideration to your coveralls. That is, first, they have to allow freedom of movement while fitting snugly; floppy cuffs or sleeves will inevitably become caught on corners or in machinery. Second, they must be flame resistant. Finally, the coveralls should be colorful or reflective, thus providing enhanced visibility.
Again, safety considerations and codes will dictate footwear. Look for steel-toed boots when working with heavy equipment. In contrast, you might need electrically-resistant shoes.
Research sole materials to ensure your choice provides grip on slippery surfaces. Also, don’t discount comfort; you will be on your feet up to 12 hours per day.
Gloves, too, must comply with local standards. Take the time to ensure yours fit well, are flexible and provide necessary protection from wind and cold. Jackets should meet these criteria as well as those given for coveralls. Additionally, jackets may necessarily be breathable, even while protecting from cold, since you do not want to sweat excessively. Finally, conditions may dictate either a waterproof or water-resistant design.
Working on an offshore platform is a challenging, yet rewarding career. Once onboard, you face inflexible working conditions. However, by choosing the right essential protective wear, you can manage these to meet your needs.