- Anyone working in upstream oil and gas watching Black Gold on ITV4?
I work in a landbased fuel storage/pumping site in the UK. Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)as its called is absolutely obsessive on our site , we spend most of our time satisfying the umpteen requirements and permitting everyone for everything they do virtually. Nightmare now compared to what it used to be.
At work so not watching Black Gold can’t comment.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Yup, needed permits in triplicate, signed by the pope, which were only valid for 1 shift just to breathe when I was on site last year!
Guy almost getting decapitated by a flying length of chainPosted 4 years ago
Guy climbing the tower with loose ropes trailing into the rotating pipe
Guy putting his back out then missing work trying to lift 60kg parts
I worked offshore for a bit but not roughnecking!! All the drill crew I met seemed to have fewer fingers than everyone else…I suppose you don’t get to see some of the worse things but drilling definitely aint the safest job around.
I can’t get enough of Black Gold even though I’ve seen it before…must be a re-run??Posted 4 years agosweaman2Subscriber
It is “worse” in North America than the UK from a HSE perspective; combination of being land based crew (smaller crews; less barrier to entry) and a cultural aspect.
I also suspect that the TV company is not choosing rigs that have good HSE performance etc… For good TV you really need to make a drama out of crisis… a well performing rig just getting on with the job would be (as it should be) extremely dull.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Certainly looks like there’s no H+S, but it’s TV, so the whole story, camera angles, cuts, etc. are all done to sensationalise, entertain and keep a level of suspense. Could probably create that from 8 hours worth of vid to cut, and make up the entire back story, tbh.
Saw 5 minutes of it while channel hopping, but not sure why someone would want to watch a whole series. Same with Eddie Stobart, Ice Road Truckers, Trawlermen, Routemasters, … kind of interesting to see the kind of things they have to put up with doing a job we all rely on, but only for maybe a one-off half hour show.Posted 4 years agoscotsmanMember
What you see there is pretty much how it is for land based drilling worldwide, much safer in the north sea/offshore except maybe gulf of mexico and asia, you don’t see chain tongs in the north sea these days (those chains you see whipping round the drill collars screwing them together).Posted 4 years ago
Most of the rigs in the north sea these days are 4th 5th 6th and 7th generation units with full or semi automation taking some of the danger and manual labour away from the drill floor.
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