Derek Riggs wakes up for his shift at PM. Empty cans of energy drinks surround his bed. He's able to pop one open without opening his eyes. It's the first day of his fourteen-day shift. He was off for twenty-one days, which gave him just enough time to forget about the tough hours.
J oseph Oncale signed up to work on a remote oil rig hundreds of miles offshore, in the Gulf of Mexico. Besides seven other male crew members, he would work a week straight before seeing another soul. It was difficult, isolating work. In October of , his supervisor and another coworker began grabbing his genital area and buttocks, Oncale said. They verbally threatened to rape him. So you really want to test people.
Working a physically demanding and potentially hazardous job on an Offshore Oil comes with a number plusses and minuses. On the one hand, the pay can be very lucrative. On the other hand, it can be long hours of dangerous work, and accidents do happen.
We live in the world of hydraulic fracturing, the dozen of us, for two weeks at a time, 14 hours a day, shuffling the heavy iron in the Rube Goldberg maze of six-inch pipes connecting a two-acre artificial pond to eight natural gas wells. Five times a day the pond is drained by 10 huge diesel-powered pumps and then refilled by an endless line of water trucks. At any given time, some of the pipes are empty while others will hold back four tons of water pressure. And you had better be sure before you touch them; hammering on the wrong union or opening the wrong valve can be fatal.