Jason Riggs

Federal Representative of Offshore Industry Employees

Jason began his career in the oil and gas industry 18 years ago in Alberta and has since held a variety of positions, mainly with drilling and well servicing operations. Since returning home to Newfoundland in 2009, Jason has worked on the Hibernia and Hebron Platforms, Henry Goodrich Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), West Aquarius MODU and the GSF Grand Banks MODU. Jason is currently employed as a Senior Health, Safety and Environment Advisor on the Hibernia Platform.

While working as a Lead Roughneck on the Hebron Platform, Jason began studying Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) at the University of New Brunswick, where he completed a certificate in OHS before transitioning to the role of Safety, Security, Health and Environment Lead. Since that time, he continues to work in OHS, and has upgraded his Certificate to a Diploma.

While in Alberta, Jason was involved in a serious accident while working on a well. He was saved by his colleagues but spent several weeks in hospital, seven days of which he was in a coma. The entire experience left a strong, lasting impression on him. Jason never takes safety for granted, or how lucky he was to have survived the event. Besides an appreciation for how well things turned out, Jason also feels a personal obligation to do all he can in the industry to help improve safety and prevent anyone else from having to go through a similar experience.

Jason currently lives in Conception Bay South with his wife, three children, and their Labrador Retriever.