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Oil and gas Industrial Medic.

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This is the platform medic. 

In the UK oil and gas industry there is a requirement for all installations to have sufficient medical cover and provisions. 


The offshore medics role - 

 Treat people working on an offshore oil or gas rig for any injuries or illnesses. 

Provide medical care for anyone on the rig or platform who has an accident and make sure that people are fit and safe to work. The health, safety and welfare of all those working on the rig would be the medics responsibility. They also carry out administrative tasks.

  • Provide 24-hour medical care for the crew
  • Carry out routine health checks
  • Treat illnesses and minor wounds
  • Keep accurate medical records
  • Train other people on the rig in first aid
  • Order new supplies of medicines and equipment
  • Carry out health promotion activities 
  • Advise on health and safety issues
  • Arrange for very ill people to be taken back to land for treatment

The medic advises the senior managers if they thought a person was not fit for work or might affect other people’s safety.

If someone had an injury or illness that you were not sure how to treat, they would phone the onshore company doctor for advice.

Testing of fire equipment.

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Along with practicing emergency exercises, an oil and gas platform regularly tests its emergency equipment. Today we see the helideck fire fighting equipment being tested. 

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Tannoy being given, to warn all personnel of cascading water and that fire pumps are about to start. 

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Technician remote starting pumps from different panels. 

Offshore Emergency rope access response exercise.

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Today we see another emergency exercise. As you can see in the oil and gas industry we regularly drill and test the emergency response plan. 

It is the old adage -  fail to prepare, prepare to fail. 

It is a legal requirement to have a plan on what to do in an emergency, but does it work? 

Testing different scenarios on a regularly basis ensures that the plan works, and keeps the emergency response team skills fresh. 


Todays scenario, is in the above image. In this case we are using an inanimate dummy. But it is to practice how to rescue a rope access worker, working under deck. 

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IRATA rope access technician donning his harness. 

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The rope access supervisor, using his equipment to haul the pretend casualty up to the deck. 

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Platform fire team member safely has hands on the practice casualty. 

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The platform Medic and his first aid team, practice administrating first aid, and using the different types of stretchers required. 

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Platform medic, coordinates the fire team members on lifting the stretcher and places it into the "frog", to lift the practice casualty from the lower levels of the platform, up to the installation sickbay. 

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Fire team leader, in communications with the crane operator. They safely lift the practice casualty to the platform sickbay. 

Crane operator, working the supply vessel.

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Today ill like to show how an oil rig offloads new supplies, which range from equipment, tools and most importantly food! 

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While it is down to the crane operator to offload the containers from the supply vessel, it is all orchestrated by the offshore materials coordinator. 

The materials controller duties:

  • Arranging for the despatch and delivery of materials and goods
  • Making sure that materials and equipment have the necessary certification.
  • Ensuring that relevant stores are aware of deliveries and that they allocate space for goods on arrival.
  • Chasing up suppliers to ensure goods and materials are delivered on time to meet business needs.
  • Maintaining the materials management system.
  • Preparing reports on materials receipt and delivery and on the performance of suppliers
  • Acting as a focal point for suppliers and internal departments for questions about materials scheduling, problems, and the like.
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Norwegian supply vessel crew, unhooking the containers. 

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