Exploring oil and gas rig safety

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

There are risks involved with any line of work involving heavy machinery and equipment, but adding explosive material can make matters even worse. Many families living on the western slope have a loved one in the oil and gas industry and there safety is a big concern.

"You know in the beginning he's worked in North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado you don't think so much about the safety issue because nobody wants to think about that," wife and mom Becky Arnold.

Arnold said she got a call from her husband's company that sent her heart racing.

"I knew something was wrong because he was really good about calling or texting me, just to say I'm doing this or we are on the rig floor so it just eases me through the day but I hadn't heard from him for 4 hours so I knew something was wrong," said Arnold.

Arnold's husband does not work for Chevron, but I reached out to Chevron's Rocky Mountain Area Manager, Michael DeBerry for answers on how they protect employees on the job, he said safety is a daily priority.

"For that group of people, defining what the activities are, what the identified risks associated with those activities are, and how those risks are to be mitigated at each step, for the work activities for the day," said DeBerry.

DeBerry said 2012 was the safest year for Chevron on record and that's because of increased safety precautions over the last decade.

Arnold said she still believes safety is number one on the rig, but knows first hand accidents can still happen.


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