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The derrickhand is responsible for the uppermost portion of the drill and takes care of ensuring it is effectively lowered or raised from the drill hole. This process is called tripping and occurs a number of times during the day to remove any broken parts or to replace any parts of the equipment. About a quarter of the derrickhand’s time is spent high up on the rig’s uppermost platform also called the monkey board. This location is prone to strong winds and needs careful attention to safety to avoid fatal accidents.

The following are some of the key roles performed by the derrickhand:

  • Raising and lowering the drill from or into the drill hole from the monkey board. They play a vital role in guiding the pipe as it is rejoined to the pipe string when lowered into the hole.
  • Since tripping doesn’t happen throughout the day, the remaining 75% of the derrickhand’s time is spent on other activities like working the mud system, which includes circulating the mud.
  • Thanks to the derrickhand’s strong experience on the rig and dexterity in his function, he is often relied upon to assist the driller in his functions
  • Finally as and when the requirement arises, the derrickhand oversees or actually performs equipment maintenance functions on a case to case to basis.

The role of a derrickhand requires strong attention to detail, ability to work in a team, dexterity and a fearlessness of heights. It pays about $37,000 a year and after gaining sufficient experience in the function, good derrickhands can expect to get promoted to driller positions.

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