I went down to New Orleans to interview with Hornbeck.
They said I would be hired if I passed the “physical” and that is was a tough physical at that.
I felt pretty confident because I have always felt stronger than average for a girl.
They told me that the weight lifting portion is what usually gets most girls.
When I got there, I managed to lift 85lbs (I just wanted to note that I haven’t worked on a ship for a year).
When I left, I felt pretty confident that I would be hired because I think the coast guard only requires 50lbs and I’m pretty sure OSHA says its supposed to be two people for anything more than 50lbs anyway.
So once again, I lifted 85lbs, that’s EIGHTY-FIVE. A few days later, Hornbeck calls me and tells me that they are sorry
but I didn’t lift the SEVENTY-FIVE pound minimum, that I wouldn’t be hired but that I could come back and take the physical
in two months.
Of course I am a little upset about this, because if its just that they don’t want to hire a girl, they should not have invited me to come all the way to New Orleans and not offer to pay for the transportation.
Since I was already in the gulf, I applied other companies in the area and well as some drilling companies.
I then went to the ECO office and they seemed to like me alot and wanted to hire me on the spot. Of course I had to go through their physical as well. They told me upfront that my grip strength had to be 90psi and I knew right away that I wouldn’t pass because my grip strength when I took the Hornbeck physical was 80psi.
I went and took the physical anyway, and the gauge on the ECO doctor’s dynamometer read 60psi! I know that people
who don’t pass ECO’s grip strength test sometimes workout for a few days and then go back and pass if it’s just 10psi under, but I don’t know how I could have possibly gone from 80 to 60 in just a few days!
I told the doctor that I just taken this test and that maybe his dynamometer gauge is off and got really mad and suggested that maybe the other doctors’ was off.
I know that the grip strength dynanomemters are suppose dot be calibrated once per year. How do we know if these doctor’s are actually doing this?
And has anyone at all had a similar experience with Hornbeck blatantly lying to them or having such extremely different results with different doctors?
Are all the doctors in the south just crooked company men?