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A Look into Life upon an Offshore Drilling Rig

Living and working on an island with a two weeks on, two weeks off schedule sounds like the dream. For offshore workers, it’s their life. However, this life presents its own set of challenges. While the schedule is certainly ideal, it is purposefully designed to provide a built-in balance to the long hours and close quarters experienced aboard the rig. Islands in their own right, offshore rigs have a peculiar way of bringing coworkers together as a second family, and a support group of sorts, for life out on the water. Let's take closer look into life on an offshore drilling rig.

Offshore Drilling Rig Amenities

An average oil rig rises nearly 30 stories above the water and weighs in around 50 million tons. Each square foot is designed to be functional and to conserve space. Many rigs have small living quarters that are a cross between a dorm room and a locker, usually consisting of a pair of bunk beds, a desk, and locker space. Day in and day out, offshore workers share every meal together. Although the workers put in 12-14 hour days, they still make time for activities. Many offshore workers have access to an onboard gym, movies, laundry, and other sources of entertainment. Ping pong is widely popular.

The Pros & Cons of a Career in Offshore Drilling

If there’s one thing an offshore worker will tell you, it’s that life on an offshore drilling rig is not for everyone. The long hours, hard work, and demanding schedules quickly weed out workers, leaving only the most motivated and disciplined individuals behind. In addition, this line of work is far more dangerous than many others and has the potential to lead to offshore injuries and disasters. The hours and dangers can be difficult for those with family and young children at home.

Those who do stick with it find that they are able to earn a good living in an unconventional job that doesn’t require the daily 9-5 grind like a typical job. The comradery between coworkers lessens the isolation of work on an offshore rig and the extensive time off enables workers to pursue other interests. Many workers lead comfortable lifestyles on land and are able to provide for their families.

When Offshore Drilling Rigs Become Dangerous

While offshore drilling can provide a wealth of opportunity to make money and invest, it can also prove to be a dangerous environment. When things go wrong, it is crucial to have a legal team that is dedicated to your protection. At Arnold & Itkin, our Houston offshore injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. Whether an accident or employer negligence left you injured, our team can capably pursue compensation on your behalf. We’ve won over $1 billion in the past 5 years for our clients and are proud to have represented over a third of the Deepwater Horizon crew.


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