CALGARY, Alberta – A senior wellsite geologist has been hospitalized after a violent incident on a drilling rig in northern Alberta last night.
Ricky Rockerson was violently beaten to within an inch of his life after a Measurement While Drilling technician assaulted him with a large, heavy piece of his equipment. The geologist was reportedly badgering the technician about his position in life when the event escalated to a full-on beat down.
I saw it from outside the shack. It was crazy man! The geologist was doing what they normally do, calling down the MWD hand. ‘Movie Watching Dude’, haha, ‘Might work Downhole’, haha, ‘Maybe We Drill, Maybe We Don’t’, haha, ‘Mostly Wants Dick’, haha, and thats when Garry snapped.
He grabbed the probe he was working on and just started swinging. Before we got in there to stop sit, Ricky was laying on the floor crying and bleeding. Epic, but kind of sad, but mostly epic. – Dallas Wrektruk, Senior Driller with Ensign
The incident has brought forward the ugly face of industrial hazing and how it can effect job safety and possibly even lead to legal harassment charges in some instances. Dirk Smiley, with Smiley & Waive Legal Services, is preparing for the future of harassment law suits dealing with the drilling industry and disgruntled field employees.
These men have to learn that they cannot harass their coworkers anymore, it’s just wrong and insensitive. You can’t call people names or tell them they are useless. You can’t yell at them, or beat them down emotionally anymore – this isn’t provincial politics we’re talking about here.
We have to support these workers and if they mess up, we need to use positive re-enforcement to get them up to snuff, not abuse them until they either learn or quit. – Dirk Smiley, P.Lawyer.
Mr. Rockerson, the assaulted geologist, has been treated and is expected to make a full physical recovery, although his pride will suffer for some time to come. The MWD technician may face criminal charges, but police have said there are not many witnesses defending the geologist.
Some reports even go as far as to say the directional drillers wanted to stop the beating, but were laughing so hard they couldn’t get off the floor.
That stupid bastard should have known better than to pick on Garry like that. He’s a big dude. Nice enough, but you pick pick pick and it’s bound to happen. What’s wrong with those geologists anyway? Bunch of rock licking up down dumbasses anyways. Always lost. Can’t make a decision. Almost pure idiot. He had it coming. – Kip Ripplin, Directional Driller at Off Center Directional
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