RIG SAFETY DEPENDS ON EQUIPMENT, REGULATIONS, AND PERSONNEL

Thomas R. Bates Jr., Stuart Tait Sedco Forex Aberdeen, U.K. Galin Mumford Sedco Forex Montrouge, France Improvements that can increase rig safety can be made in equipment, regulations, and stabilized personnel levels. With regard to equipment, exposure to material handling must be reduced through automation, and well-control technology must be improved by enhanced use of computers and better systems to handle gas.

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