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Safety Drives Equipment Issues Off Shore

Oil platform units are placed throughout the Gulf of Mexico and around the world as a way to find oil, create an oil well, and extract it.

As one can imagine there are a number of stringent safety policies that must be adhered to by the rigs both for the protection of the workers and the environment. Regulations are policed by an agency known as the Safety and Environment Management Systems (SEMS) who have officials consistently on the platforms performing audits.

Findings are reported to the oil company who in turn must fix the issues in a constituted time otherwise face fines or shutdowns. But is it feasible for a rig to have all the various and wide-ranging equipment and personnel on board at all times just in case something happens to fix these issues?

The easiest remedy to fix regulation violations is via an offshore construction company.

These contractors specialize in working on rigs and platforms and provide the personnel to get things up to code. The second aspect of resolving the issues is renting the equipment because the offshore construction company owns some items but mainly just supplies personnel. Equipment Rental suppliers are crucial to provide welders, compressors, air tools, light towers, pressure washers, and more to get the job done. The next question that arises is what are the most common safety issues that happen most often on these oil platforms?


Construction is the biggest phase of offshore oil rig contracting. The pre-commissioning is done as much as possible onshore but when emergency issues arise or safety violations need to be remedied offshore work is mandatory. The general construction can be required in almost any area of the offshore setup from the deck to the platform to the braces to even underwater applications.

Paint / Blast

One common violation reported by the SEMS is coating problems that lead to corrosion issues. Having rust and oxidization of the equipment or the working areas presents a huge safety detriment to the rig. Typically the painting and blasting fail for a number of reasons ­– from poor surface prep, poor application, inadequate inspection, wrong specs, bad design, or just plain bad luck. When the contracting services come in to fix these issues they use a variety of tactics from using abrasive streams and blasting to prep the surface, apply paint or epoxy, apply anti-slip covering to the working surface, blast the concrete or internal tanks and a bevy of other services.

Plug and Abandonment

Offshore construction services are not only required when the rig is in use, but also when it comes time to shut the operation down. Plug and abandonment techniques involve isolating all the fresh water zones in the area, protect future development areas, remove all the surface equipment and cut & plug the pipe below the ground or fishing level, and mark the area so it can be identified after abandonment. A platform can be abandoned either permanently or temporarily and the services provided by offshore contractors go on after the fact to fix any leaks or other issues that may arise.

The SEMS system is constantly becoming more stringent as federal regulations aim to limit the number of oil rig safety mishaps. It's just not feasible to have all the equipment needed to stay up to date on a platform or in an offshore warehouse so when you are in need of quality equipment contact Neff Rental’s New Iberia location in Louisiana, which specializes in offshore rental equipment. Neff has a service department with over 20+ years of experience in offshore construction equipment and a service department with a high success rate in diagnosing and repairing equipment failures over the phone.

Contact Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.