Due uncertainty in the market and investors wanting to trim expenses, oil & gas companies are looking to service rigs to squeeze production from older wells rather than drilling new wells. From an economic standpoint service rigs can be more cost efficient to flatten production curves, but they can also be much more hazardous and carry higher levels of risk. Statistically speaking, service rigs are more dangerous than drilling rigs and most other sectors in the oil & gas industry. My presentation will cover some of the common accidents with service rigs, particular areas where inspections should be directed, and shortcuts often
taken by rig hands. I also will address engineering controls that could be put into place to make this work safer. Because this presentation is technical, I will use a lot of pictures to convey how these rigs work and show accidents that have occurred.