Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
A Rigger is someone who sets up equipment and prepares it before work can commence. The term "rigger" originates from sailing where sailors were responsible for raising the sails and rigging on board a ship. Scaffolding is a temporary structure built to support people and materials during repairs and maintenance of buildings and other structures. In the oil and gas industry, scaffolding is used on oil rigs to allow access to parts of the rig for maintenance and other work. An offshore scaffold will usually have to obtain safety certification for working at extreme heights.