Definition - What does Derrickhand mean?
A Derrickhand also known as a Derrickman, this individual is a junior to a driller. He or she always reports to the driller during drilling operations in the field. The Derrickhand stays on a derrick, also called a mast, which is a structure in a pyramid shape above the rig floor and assists the driller in rigging up and down drill pipes, risers and tubular pipes into the wellbore.
Petropedia explains Derrickhand
A Derrickhand 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 Derrickhand include:
- Providing assistance to the operator/driller in rigging up and down and lining up the well service rig.
- Setting of hydraulic jack handles 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 in regards to well field safety, accidents and maintenance issues.