What Is a Roustabout?
Roustabouts: The Bottom of the Totem Pole
Roustabouts are maintenance workers in the oil and natural gas industry. They are essentially the “guys on the ground,” responsible for making sure oil wells are running efficiently and constantly. As a result, a roustabout’s duties are often flexible and varied, ranging from sweeping the floors of the rig to handling dangerous chemicals. Some common duties include maintaining and repairing oil well heads, lead lines, and saltwater disposal pumps.
“Roustabout” is actually an official rank classification on an oil rig. The name signifies that the worker is new and the least-ranking type of worker. Most roustabouts are intended to do jobs that require little training, but as their experience grows, so does their “obligation” to handle dangerous duties. Unfortunately, their pay does not reflect the danger of the job. CareerCast did a job study on the American workforce in 2009 and 2011. It reviewed jobs based on five criteria:
- Employment outlook
- Physical demands
Out of 200 jobs, being a roustabout was listed as the absolute worst. However, many roustabouts, while aware of the dangers of their job, find the work fulfilling and challenging in unique ways. Unfortunately, those challenges can turn deadly under the wrong circumstances. Roustabouts face slip-and-fall accidents, precarious heights, exposure to dangerous chemicals, and frequent exposure to dangerous machines on a regular basis, just to name a few. In fact, one study concluded that roustabouts make up 14% of all injuries involving oil services, which is an incredibly high rate of risk.
Injuries Deserve Compensation—Call Offshore Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured while working as a roustabout on an oil rig or in any other capacity, you may deserve compensation for your injuries. While working in the oil industry is naturally dangerous, most accidents are avoidable through following safety guidelines. If your co-worker or employer was negligent and it resulted in your injury, you may have a claim.
To find out how we can help you, contact Arnold & Itkin today.