Saturday, August 9, 2008
OK, so offshore work can be dangerous and that is why there are so many rules and regulations to keep you safe. Today something that could have been bad didn't and instead it is hilarious. Our cook, I'll call him Sammy so I don't embarrass him to bad, came out side to wet a mop. instead of using a sink or shower he decides to use a fire hose. Now for those who do not know these fire hoses are situated on all levels all around the platform in case a fire breaks out. The water is pumped directly out of the Gulf of Mexico and comes out a high powered 2" fire hose.Now on the movies you see the hoses picking fireman up because they have such high pressure, and these only take one person to hold but it will push you over if you are not careful. We use these water hoses on a daily bases to fill tanks, wash the floor and the ever enjoyable water fight. And you have never been in a water fight until you've been in one with a fire hose. So the procedure after using the hose is to shut the water off at the spool and drain the water out of the hose. Usually the hose is then shut off. Sometimes however it is not. So Sammy goes over and starts to turn the water on at the spool and the hose starts to spray, instead of turning off the hose Sammy turns it on full and so now the hose is dancing around spraying Sammy. Me on the other hand am standing there watching and instead of trying to be the Hero I turn and run to get behind a wall, which sounds easy. But when you are laughing as hard as I was, I nearly was hit with the water. The good news is that no one was hurt and we all got a good laugh.