Many people have a misconception about what life is like on an oil rig. Industry paints a rosy picture, but life on a rig isn’t all that great. In fact, it can be extremely difficult.
Rig workers sleep in cabins that resemble a cross between a hotel room and a cruise ship. These rooms are often cramped and have different sounds that can be distracting when trying to sleep. They’re also away from their families for weeks at a time. In addition, the work can be incredibly dangerous.
The rigs are full of chemicals that can cause all kinds of health problems if a worker touches them or inhales them. Rig workers are often exposed to these dangerous substances, and they’re also surrounded by fires and explosions. This type of occupational exposure can lead to respiratory disorders, burns, and even cancer.
In the past, rig workers were only allowed to call home once per week for six minutes, but these days most rigs have Wi-Fi that allows workers to communicate with their families. Rigs also have cafeterias where the food is surprisingly good, gyms, and other recreational facilities.
Although the rigs may not be as luxurious as a five-star resort, the perks far outweigh the negatives. For example, the cost of housing a rig crew in local hotels is much less than building a man camp for them to live in. Moreover, the workers are more comfortable in these accommodations than they would be in man camps.