Oil rig workers in the Gulf have long shifts. Sometimes 14 hours long. And while energy drinks are sweet and cold and contain enough caffeine to keep every set of eyes in a small village open for weeks, there are better, and healthier, ways to stay awake and alert on the rig.
According to a 2016 USA Today report, commercial fishermen have the second most dangerous job in America. The most dangerous job is logging.
If you are a maritime worker and work on a ship, then your employer is required to take care of your medical needs should you need it as required by maritime common law. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also called The Jones Act gives workers even more protections.
Should oil rig workers open up and talk about their feelings?