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Old 03-06-2014, 06:34 AM   #691
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I work offshore on Oil & Gas Platforms as a Medic/EMT. As being the Medic usually means a lot of downtime, my additional duties include: Helicopter Landing Operations - I arrange all incoming/outgoing passengers, manifest outgoing flights, and help load/unload cargo Personnel On Board - I assign beds & lifeboats, and do the facility orientations
Gotta love that. I was offshore last week, and I'm going back next week for almost a month.

I'm not a fan of being offshore, but everyone's got bills to pay. Thankfully, my runs into the gulf are few and far between usually, and they're not for very long periods. Last year I went twice on installation vessels. One trip for 2 weeks in April, and the next for 3 weeks in September. Last week was to a platform for 3 days, and next week will be for 3-4 weeks. After that, I'm not sure when the next trip will be.

My first helicopter ride ever was last week on an S92 (rather large helicopter). It was a 1.5hr ride to the platform. Having never been on one, it was interesting. There was a very heavy cloud cover at about 500' above the water. The heli-deck on the platform was at the 300ish foot level, so as soon as we came out of the clouds, bam, there was the platform.
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Usually little cuts and scrapes or do you see serious injuries all day long? I've heard those rigs are dangerous...
the oil business is not like it used to be back in the last boom. The mentality, pretty much across the board (aside from a few select lingering folks with the cowboy mentality) is now "do it safely or don't do it at all" as opposed to "get it done now, I don't care what you have to do". The company I work for has "life saving rules" (company wide, not just for offshore work), and if there is a violation of a life saving rule, even in the event it does not result in any kind of incident at all, the job is shut down and an investigation is launched. Job does not start back up until the investigation is complete, and chances are if you violate one, you will be looking for new employment.

After being on the platform, I almost feel safer than I did in the office at my last job. Those guys live a safety culture, and take it very seriously.
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the oil business is not like it used to be back in the last boom. The mentality, pretty much across the board (aside from a few select lingering folks with the cowboy mentality) is now "do it safely or don't do it at all" as opposed to "get it done now, I don't care what you have to do". The company I work for has "life saving rules" (company wide, not just for offshore work), and if there is a violation of a life saving rule, even in the event it does not result in any kind of incident at all, the job is shut down and an investigation is launched. Job does not start back up until the investigation is complete, and chances are if you violate one, you will be looking for new employment. After being on the platform, I almost feel safer than I did in the office at my last job. Those guys live a safety culture, and take it very seriously.
BP might have something to do with that.

It's like that in the field around here to. I know of a guy who was a foreman with many years under his belt who got fired for one safety violation with no priors.
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BP might have something to do with that. It's like that in the field around here to. I know of a guy who was a foreman with many years under his belt who got fired for one safety violation with no priors.
these rules have been around since before the Mocando incident, though I'm sure that had some to do with the severe penalties for infractions.
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Currently own my own lawn and landscape business I mow 20 yards a week. Last season used my four wheeler to pull my trailer since I just turned but just got my first truck. 2002 F150 Supercab XLT 5.4L so it's gonna be nice
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Currently own my own lawn and landscape business I mow 20 yards a week. Last season used my four wheeler to pull my trailer since I just turned but just got my first truck. 2002 F150 Supercab XLT 5.4L so it's gonna be nice
That's cool man. Way to go.
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Gotta love that. I was offshore last week, and I'm going back next week for almost a month.

I'm not a fan of being offshore, but everyone's got bills to pay. Thankfully, my runs into the gulf are few and far between usually, and they're not for very long periods. Last year I went twice on installation vessels. One trip for 2 weeks in April, and the next for 3 weeks in September. Last week was to a platform for 3 days, and next week will be for 3-4 weeks. After that, I'm not sure when the next trip will be.

My first helicopter ride ever was last week on an S92 (rather large helicopter). It was a 1.5hr ride to the platform. Having never been on one, it was interesting. There was a very heavy cloud cover at about 500' above the water. The heli-deck on the platform was at the 300ish foot level, so as soon as we came out of the clouds, bam, there was the platform.
At least they fly with the ceiling that low. I work where we have continuous icing and fogging issues. I spend at least 1 or 2 days per 2 week hitch on weather hold. Our flights vary between 5 & 15 minutes. There are about 15 platforms in this field and one provider covers quite a few of those, so it's not any fun to get stuck on the milk run. I haven't had the opportunity to ride in anything other than a Bell 212, a 206 and 407 (other than military birds - Blackhawk and Chinook).
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That's cool man. Way to go.
Thanks Man! Ya I started out when I was 10 and just started gradually building it up and I turn 16 on March 18th and I got my truck in January.
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I have been with Vanderbilt since 2007. I came from the emergency department. I have been flying for a year and a half. We utilize 5 aircraft. All airbus(eurocopter). EC130, EC135, and EC145. Greatest job I have ever had. Stressful but very rewarding and humbling.

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Flying with Vanderbilt eh? I work trauma ICU but also have my flight Rn. I occasionally run with stat medical up here in pa.
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