Oil rig job

I’ve made a new friend recently, which wouldn’t be news normally, but this friend happens to have a job opportunity, which I find both tempting and intimidating.

The job is working on an oil rig.

Now, I’ve got no experience in this area—it’s not something I’ve ever considered doing before, not even close—but this new friend assures me that’s not important. His uncle runs a rig somewhere out in the ocean (he pointed in the direction, but that didn’t help much), and he (my friend) is going out to start work next month. And he (my friend still) wants company.

That’s how the job came about. We hit it off and since he enjoys hanging out, he offered me a place as well.

The offer has kind of blindsided me, to be honest. I always imagined I’d get a big job somehow, but I didn’t see it in this field. I had intended to go back to school, get into accounting or put them money down finally and become a lawyer. But school is so expensive these days, and I’m just not motivated enough. I like the idea of the money and prestige of big, fancy jobs, but I don’t actually care about the professions. I’d rather watch lawyers on TV than be one.

So, if this is my big job, the obvious choice would be to take it, right?

There are plenty of positives to consider. The money is excellent. It’s far more than I’d make anywhere on shore with the kind of work experience I have. And the scheduling is interesting. I’d work 14 12-hour days in a row and then have 21 days off. That’s a lot of time to get out in the world and spend my money. With money and a lot of time on my hands, I could save up and travel. Or I could save up for a house. Or maybe, I could just save up for that law degree or something similar.

But there are negatives as well. I’m not so excited about 14 days without sight of land, on a big metal island floating above the Atlantic. I’m not super excited about 12-hour days doing work I don’t understand either (though my friend says I’ll start with the easy stuff and get training).

And then, it’s not the safest job. I’ve seen Deepwater Horizon. It’d be one thing if that were an exception, but it seems to me, based on my research, that working an oil rig is always dangerous, every day, even when Mark Wahlberg isn’t around.

I just don’t know what to do, when it comes down to it. The idea is exciting and terrifying all at once. But, I think, when I really force myself to think over, that I just don’t have what it takes to do it.

I think I’ll pass. I just hope there’s another big job waiting for me out there.


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Ensuring the Health of Workers through Clean Air and Proper Ventilation in the Workplace

Buildings constructed before 1980 usually used materials and equipment that contained asbestos, a highly elastic substance that is electricity, chemical, fire and heat resistant. Asbestos had earned the name “miracle substance” due to its superb characteristics, abundance, usefulness and cheapness. This special substance became widely used during the mid of the 20th century; it was usually mixed with other substances to make cement, generators, turbines, boilers, steam pipes, brakes and clutches, insulators, gaskets, hot water piping, furniture, appliances, construction materials and a hundred other different things.

Although totally useful, asbestos has ill-effects: Asbestosis, Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma.

Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) can release sharp, tiny fibers into the environment due to wear and tear or when they are disturbed. If inhaled, these fibers can be imbedded in the lungs, remain there and cause lethal damage.

With regard to the three known effects of inhaled asbestos:

  • Asbestosis. This is characterized by scarred lung tissues resulting to difficulty to inhale.
  • Lung Cancer. The risk of lung cancer increases due to further exposure to Asbestos and it can worsen due to exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • Mesothelioma, a form of chronic cancer that can affect the membrane linings of the abdominal organs and lungs, or the sacs surrounding the heart and the testis. It is considered rare, yet deadly.

One characteristic of mesothelioma that puts those diagnosed with it totally at the losing end is its extremely long latency period, which is 40 years or more (there are instances wherein the symptoms appear much faster, especially if the amount of asbestos one is exposed to and the amount of fibers inhaled are too great). Thus, by the time this deadly, chronic cancer becomes diagnosable, it would already have developed to a stage wherein no type of treatment is no longer possible.

According to the mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher, “Anyone who worked with or around asbestos could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, however, the following workers are more likely to have encountered asbestos in their careers:
construction workers, contract workers, factory employees, military personnel, and railroad workers.

To protect workers from the deadly effects of asbestos, the firm Robovent “Air quality is a critical issue for manufacturers. Fumes and particulates created by welding and other industrial manufacturing processes aren’t just unpleasant — they have real health and safety consequences.” Ensuring the safety of any type of work environment is necessary as the health of workers can be compromised in one where toxic materials, like asbestos, is present.


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It may seem like a dream vacation to many, but for workers in a cruise ship the long shift hours and life at sea for great lengths can take a toll on the mental, physical, and emotional health of a person. People who work on cruise ships put themselves in danger twice as much as those who take vacations on these big sea cruisers.

The occupational hazards that come with working on a cruise ships are numerous: these hazards can cause disease, permanent disability, and even death. Recognizing these occupational hazards and having proper training and various risk-reduction programs may not be enough to prevent an accident from happening. Cruise ships operate 24-7, therefore the risks of accidents are present all throughout the voyage.

Common workplace accidents that occur in a cruise ship (particularly for workers) are slip and fall, burn injuries, food poisoning, diseases, and even physical assault. Working for a cruise ships is not as luxurious as it seem, as workers who become injured does not have the comfort of a hospital for proper treatment. Although there may be medical support from the cruise ship itself, it may not be enough to medicate serious cruise ship injuries and afflictions. This usually is the biggest problem that cruise ship workers worry when they get injured while on the sea.

Fortunately, anyone who has suffered any type of injury due to management negligence is eligible for workers compensation. Worker’s compensation will be given to those who have become injured while on the job, and should cover for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other possible damages and expenses that occurred until the worker was able to return to work.

The promise of big money and the chance to travel around the world while earning may be the reason why many people choose to work in a cruise ship, but as with any type of work, occupational hazards are always present and could potentially cause serious injuries when they are neglected or taken for granted. Aside from being familiar with the hazards that the occupation comes with, workers should understand how they can address incidents should an unfortunate event occur. Employers who neglect such necessary trainings, equipment, and safety rules and procedures will be fined by government agencies that are tasked to monitor safety and health in workplaces.


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