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Superstitions on the Rig

Superstitions on the Rig


On some rigs Cherry Pie is banned. On others, chicken bones are forbidden. Across the USA, many drillers won't put a bit, or anything else, into the hole without first spitting on it.
by Gypsy Lyn  |   Friday, May 24, 2013
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Almost every activity that involves risk has its superstitions and rituals. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where they build spacecraft like the Mars Rovers, the scientists and engineers have jars of peanuts on their desks for good luck. For the better part of one hundred years the winners of the Indianapolis 500 have celebrated their victory by chugging down a swig of milk. In the oilfield, workers face countless dangers, and to no one's surprise, they've developed their rituals of their own.

On some rigs Cherry Pie is banned. On others, chicken bones are forbidden. Across the USA, many drillers won't put a bit, or anything else, into the hole without first spitting on it. There are plenty of rig hands who refuse to clean their hardhats until their hitch is over.

Safety is job one on any rig but a little "good luck insurance" never hurts. What do you do on your rig to stay safe and keep it turning to the right?

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Barry Levron | Saturday, May 25, 2013
Never leave elevators upside down when not I use!!!!!
 
Aaron Modliszewski | Saturday, May 25, 2013
Bring chocolate on Indian Lands
 
Alan Grim | Saturday, May 25, 2013
Elevators upside down are a guaranteed curse for bad luck.

And there are reasons why:

This stems for the olden days when they ran "Lydecker" elevators. If the old style elevators were not picked up correctly, they would open and pipe would fall out........thus killing or worse folks on the floor.

Hence the why of one of many superstitions.

Peanut shells on the rig floor are another which are founded in injury.
 
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