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This NIOSH February 2012 video targets one of the most dangerous activities in the oil & gas extraction industry: the drilling rig move. Such a move includes all of the activities involved in disconnecting and disassembling an oil and gas drilling rig and its components, loading all of the equipment onto trucks, transporting the equipment to the next well site, and reassembling and reconnecting the rig and its components. During a rig move, there are dozens of workers and vehicles at the well site, resulting in what is referred to as "controlled chaos." This video features workers identifying the major hazards encountered during a rig move and describing ways to avoid them.
The use of workers speaking in their own words makes this product compelling to oil and gas extraction workers. NIOSH did not use a script or solicit specific responses from the workers; all of the workers' comments are their own. Three companies provided access to their work sites and workers for the development of the video. NIOSH distributed nearly 1,500 copies of the video within six weeks of its release. The International Association of Drilling Contractors also agreed to market the video to its members, on its website, and at national meetings and conferences.