Man killed in oilfield accident near Artesia

The Eddy County Sheriff's Department is investigating an industrial accident that killed a man in an oilfield east of Artesia. Full Story
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Tool Pusher

Louisville, CO

#1 Nov 30, 2007
I didn’t know Kevin Scheuerman but my prayers go out to him and his family.

I also don’t know what happened on that rig, but I do know this…………………More than half of the roughnecks working on the rigs are wanted felons or ex felons.
I've worked on oil and gas rigs before and if someone doesn't like you; they could very easily kill you and make it look like an accident. Many of them have jail house tattoos, anger issues, problems with authority, a violent history, and substance abuse challenges.
To work on these oil and gas rigs you must pass random drug tests. Many former drug addicts are just as dangerous if not more dangerous when they are off the drugs and clean. They are much more dangerous because they go through withdrawals and have violent tempers making the already dangerous environment even more lethal for everyone.
If I was investigating this accident I would look at employment records in regards to who has been hired to take the deceased's position, see when he originally applied. Look at phone records of all people in that crew and rig in the weeks prior to the accident and see if I can make a connection between them and the new employee. If there’s a connection I can easily solve the rest of the puzzle.
I would also interview the casing crews to see what their view of the crew in question is, interview family members of the crew, look at previous drug charges, do a much more sophisticated drug test, and even a psychological test on that crew, etc. etc.
This could’ve been an accident.
This could’ve been a murder.
Or this could’ve been a murder made to look like an accident.
I don’t know but I do know this. Finding jobs on these rigs are very scarce right now and the competition to get on and stay on is very fierce.
Sad

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Dec 2, 2007
Too Pusher. Not all are felons. All who worked with my brother were all family men. I also have a son in law who works the rigs to support a family and no felons working with him. When hired they go through any process like other jobs. So stop condeming people. Rig work is a dangerous field. Gotta be brave to work in the oil fiels and mines around Artesia and Carlsbad area. Unless your the one who has done something like this before then. hmmmmmmmm is the guilt getting you?.
Tool Pusher

Louisville, CO

#4 Dec 2, 2007
Sad wrote:
Too Pusher. Not all are felons. All who worked with my brother were all family men. I also have a son in law who works the rigs to support a family and no felons working with him. When hired they go through any process like other jobs. So stop condeming people. Rig work is a dangerous field. Gotta be brave to work in the oil fiels and mines around Artesia and Carlsbad area. Unless your the one who has done something like this before then. hmmmmmmmm is the guilt getting you?.
1. I didn’t say all. I said more than half.
2. There are plenty of family men that fit the description I posted.
3. All drilling companies do background checks just like any other job, but 99.99% of them overlook criminal history.
4. You need to learn how to spell.
I’ve worked on rigs all over the U.S. and Canada. I spent the final 10 of 25 years as a Tool Pusher. No accidents on my rigs, I fired anyone I believed was a liability. Now I work for a Safety firm as a safety consultant for drilling companies.
Drilling is a very dangerous job. My biggest issue is the people the drilling companies hire. The drilling company’s biggest issue is attracting more applicants with a clean background.
I evaluate, I assess, and I make my recommendations. If the rig doesn’t follow them, the guilt is all on their hands.
brad from michigan

Montrose, CO

#5 Dec 10, 2007
Tool Pusher wrote:
<quoted text>
1. I didn’t say all. I said more than half.
2. There are plenty of family men that fit the description I posted.
3. All drilling companies do background checks just like any other job, but 99.99% of them overlook criminal history.
4. You need to learn how to spell.
I’ve worked on rigs all over the U.S. and Canada. I spent the final 10 of 25 years as a Tool Pusher. No accidents on my rigs, I fired anyone I believed was a liability. Now I work for a Safety firm as a safety consultant for drilling companies.
Drilling is a very dangerous job. My biggest issue is the people the drilling companies hire. The drilling company’s biggest issue is attracting more applicants with a clean background.
I evaluate, I assess, and I make my recommendations. If the rig doesn’t follow them, the guilt is all on their hands.
i just moved from michigan to farmington NM to escape the automotive manufacturing fueled economy and i have an excellent record. my friend from high school came out here and is doing very well but im having difficulty getting into the oil feilds any advise? thanks
AZTEC COP

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Dec 10, 2007
you gonna have to start as a roustabout.
khall of artesia

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Dec 11, 2007
My prayers are also with the family But to the brad I know many roughnecks in artesia i was engaged to one and i left him while he was working on the rigs here in artesia because he was a addicted to meth so if they were doing these "checks" how did he work there and oilfields are in the middle of no where someone could easily kill you and hide the evedince before anyone else even heard about it the oilfiend is a very scary and dangerous place to work but alot of people see it as quick easy mony
Voodoobob

North Fort Myers, FL

#8 Feb 21, 2008
brad from michigan wrote:
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i just moved from michigan to farmington NM to escape the automotive manufacturing fueled economy and i have an excellent record. my friend from high school came out here and is doing very well but im having difficulty getting into the oil feilds any advise? thanks
Put your name up in the laundry mats. That is where all the drilling hands go to wash their rig clothes. Also, they don't have roustabouts on Farmington area rigs. You will start as a floor hand. Go up th road (64) from Bloomfield to Farmington an on the side should be where old key energies (now Patterson) office is. They hire pretty regular.
WorkingStiff

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Feb 21, 2008
Tool Pusher wrote:
I didn’t know Kevin Scheuerman but my prayers go out to him and his family.
I also don’t know what happened on that rig, but I do know this…………………More than half of the roughnecks working on the rigs are wanted felons or ex felons.
I've worked on oil and gas rigs before and if someone doesn't like you; they could very easily kill you and make it look like an accident. Many of them have jail house tattoos, anger issues, problems with authority, a violent history, and substance abuse challenges.
To work on these oil and gas rigs you must pass random drug tests. Many former drug addicts are just as dangerous if not more dangerous when they are off the drugs and clean. They are much more dangerous because they go through withdrawals and have violent tempers making the already dangerous environment even more lethal for everyone.
If I was investigating this accident I would look at employment records in regards to who has been hired to take the deceased's position, see when he originally applied. Look at phone records of all people in that crew and rig in the weeks prior to the accident and see if I can make a connection between them and the new employee. If there’s a connection I can easily solve the rest of the puzzle.
I would also interview the casing crews to see what their view of the crew in question is, interview family members of the crew, look at previous drug charges, do a much more sophisticated drug test, and even a psychological test on that crew, etc. etc.
This could’ve been an accident.
This could’ve been a murder.
Or this could’ve been a murder made to look like an accident.
I don’t know but I do know this. Finding jobs on these rigs are very scarce right now and the competition to get on and stay on is very fierce.
Normally than not, the crew was very tight. It can get tense on the rig but that's just the nature of the job. On the rig everyone depends on everyone else as brothers. Could have been a lockout / tagout failure. Who knows. I'm sure a thorough investigation will take place. It is very tragic though.
Gabby H

Carlsbad, NM

#10 Feb 21, 2008
brad from michigan wrote:
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i just moved from michigan to farmington NM to escape the automotive manufacturing fueled economy and i have an excellent record. my friend from high school came out here and is doing very well but im having difficulty getting into the oil feilds any advise? thanks
My hubby drives a water truck for a local company.. I would concider getting a CDL and doing that. Rigs come and go but all aspects of the drilling process needs some kind of water. He's been working in the oil field for well over a decade now and can pretty much just walk up to a water hauling place and get a job. They are hiring left and right down here.

Also, getting a CDL is good if you find that work in the Oil field isn't for you. A CDL driver with a clean background can find work just about anywhere in the USA.
Roundhouse Observer

Silver City, NM

#11 Feb 22, 2008
Tool Pusher wrote:
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1. I didn’t say all. I said more than half.
2. There are plenty of family men that fit the description I posted.
3. All drilling companies do background checks just like any other job, but 99.99% of them overlook criminal history.
4. You need to learn how to spell.
I’ve worked on rigs all over the U.S. and Canada. I spent the final 10 of 25 years as a Tool Pusher. No accidents on my rigs, I fired anyone I believed was a liability. Now I work for a Safety firm as a safety consultant for drilling companies.
Drilling is a very dangerous job. My biggest issue is the people the drilling companies hire. The drilling company’s biggest issue is attracting more applicants with a clean background.
I evaluate, I assess, and I make my recommendations. If the rig doesn’t follow them, the guilt is all on their hands.
Your final sentence got my attention. Better review CFR's 1910 & 1926 closely. Pay particular attention to the area of controlling contractors and their assigns. With that attitude you are a potential surgar daddy looking for a place to happen. Hope you've got bulletproof professional liability insurance, you may need it one day.
Downhole Tech

Broken Arrow, OK

#12 Apr 3, 2008
I test equip that goes into the field and MOST SHOP HANDS and/or ROUGHNECKS are drug users from what i have personally seen. i am a clean, drug free and very intelligent person who minds my own business. Tool Pusher is right.....
CallousOne

Rio Rancho, NM

#13 Apr 3, 2008
brad from michigan wrote:
<quoted text>
i just moved from michigan to farmington NM to escape the automotive manufacturing fueled economy and i have an excellent record. my friend from high school came out here and is doing very well but im having difficulty getting into the oil feilds any advise? thanks
Start pushing turds, I mean tools.
Downhole Tech

Broken Arrow, OK

#14 Apr 3, 2008
I forgot to mention, I am an ex-Law Enforcement Officer (8 years) who catches hell everyday because of my past career. Oh well, they'll get over it someday.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Apr 3, 2008
I worked around drill rigs for almost 30 years, and can verify that there are lots of ex-cons and drug users in that line of work. Many of them drink heavily after their shift and show up to work the next shift either impaired or seriously hung over. They are a rough bunch to deal with, and many are prone to violence and have short fuses to boot.

OSHA will investigate this fatality, in addition to whatever the ECSD does. As with any business, there are some companies with good safety records, and others that just want to make hole as fast as they can. I don't know who was involved in this case...employees, contractors, etc.

Gabby's advice to get a CDL is good, also would help to take a class in welding.
roughneck

Carlsbad, NM

#16 Apr 3, 2008
I AM A FELON(AND WILL BE TIL I GET A PARDON). AND I HAVE WORKED ON THE RIGS FOR THE PAST NINE YEARS.CURRENTLY I WORK FOR PATTERSON/U.T.I. RIG 46. DURING THE YEARS I HAVE GROWN INTO A CLOSE FAMILY OF ROUGHNECKS. WE CONSIST OF OTHER FELONS,EX DRUG USERS, SINGLE MEN,AND FAMILY MEN(LIKE ME). HELL WE EVEN HAVE REDNECKS,TOO. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE CONSIDER EACH OTHER BROTHERS. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU DID IN THE PAST. EVERY BODY HAS FAULTS. AND I ASK YOU CAN YOU STAND WITH CHRIST AND THROW STONES AT US FELONS AND EX-DRUG USERS. IF YOU CAN, WELL BUDDY YOU KNOW WHAT RIG I AM ON. AND ASK FOR A.J.. NO I AM NOT THREATING ANYBODY. ALL I AM SAYING IS THAT YOU ARE NOT PERFECT AT ALL.HELL IF WE EVER MET. I BET WE WOULD BE FRIENDS AND WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER ON THE RIG LOCATION.
I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT I FEEL FOR THE FAMILY THAT LOST A MEMBER. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU KNOW THE PERSON. WHEN SOME ONE DIES ON A RIG. IT EFFECTS ALL ROUGHNECKS. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE SAME DANGERS. AND NOBODY WANTS TO SEE ANOTHER HUSBAND,SON,DAD,OR FRIEND DIE. SO PLEASE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AND NEVER TAKE YOUR LIFE FOR GRANTED.
Daniel in Hobbs

United States

#17 Apr 4, 2008
Here in Hobbs there are too many jobs and not enough people...haliburton, BJ's, and others all offer free CDL training..if you can't get a good paying job here...you don't wanna work!
secret

Yorkton, Canada

#18 Apr 4, 2008
I lived in BC for 6 months waitressing at a truck stop/motel in the middle of no where.....we really got to know the crew from the oilfields....also at the time 2 of my roomates were part of that same crew. Everyone was really nice and always having a great time with eachother, they were like a litte family. there was young men trying to start there life, older men, family men,ex cons and drug addicts. but the only thing that was ever really negative, was unfortunatly although they were all great peple.....more than half smoked crack cocaine..i saw one man go from money out his ass to just plain being out on his ass.....no job no home just an addiction, but if u are strong and can resist/avoid that kinda thing you will do fine
oilfield worker

Carlsbad, NM

#19 May 20, 2008
I also am an oilfield worker,hell ive been 1 since the age of 18 am now 25.Oilfield is all i know, n let me tell u that oilfield is only for the srong hard workers only.I have seen alot of crazy things happen,not jus on rigs. oilfield is a dangerous job for everyone drillers,truckers,welders,rous tabouts ect.......so my heart goes out to kevins family.
oilfield worker

Carlsbad, NM

#20 May 20, 2008
dont know why it posted me that i was from quay, new mexico,im from carlsbad new mexico............
unemployed hard worker

United States

#21 Jan 12, 2009
I worked for a drilling company in parachute colorado for 4 months as lead floor hand. My mom got sick and I had to quit my job. My mom is doing well now and I am looing into getting back into the patch but can,t find a job. Damn tree huggers are screwing up the last good thing. I am willing to travel anywhere for work. I have a passion for the oilfield, I feel empty since I left the rig. I don't do drugs and I have common sense.

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