Definition - What does Derrickman mean?

A Derrickman, also known as a derrickhand, is an individual who assists the driller during drilling operations in the field. The Derrickman stays on a derrick, also known as a mast, which is a pyramid-shaped structure above the rig floor. He or she assists the driller in rigging up and down drill pipes, risers and tubular pipes into the wellbore.

Petropedia explains Derrickman

A Derrickman is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of the derrick and other related equipment on the drilling rig. He/she also takes responsibility in all elevated work associated with rigging up & down. Other responsibilities of the Derrickman include:

  • Providing assistance to the operator/driller in rigging up and down and lining up the well service rig.
  • Setting of hydraulic jack handle pads and attaching guy wires to the anchor.
  • Transferring rods and tubing from the vertical racks to the elevator.
  • Performing oil well servicing.
  • Performing other related duties assigned to him/her in regards to oilfield safety, accidents and maintenance issues.
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