How to Prevent Heat Exhaustion in the Oilfield

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If you’re working on location, day in and day out, sweating through the high summer temperatures and not getting enough water – RigUp has one question for you:

What are YOU doing to stay hydrated and safe?

Safety is always a number one priority when working in the field. Without knowing how to prevent dangerous situations or how to recognize symptoms, your work zone can quickly become hazardous.

To avoid certain accidents, here are several tips and tricks to make sure you can get back to work producing that sweet, sweet crude.

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Because you are often working tirelessly in the heat, your body can have a difficult time cooling itself off. Your body produces sweat as a means to keep your body temperature down, but when it is unable to produce enough sweat, you can be at risk for heat exhaustion. Extreme heat exhaustion can threaten your life.

Symptoms:

Dizziness

Lightheaded

Chills

Headaches

Low blood pressure

Faintness

Prevention:

Drink water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER work. Keep your body running effectively by drinking water, drinking water, and drinking even more water.

A great measure of preventing an accident for everyone on location comes from Wes Higgins, an HSE Professional, at Parsley Energy Inc.,

“We are our brother’s keeper. Watch out for your buddy, and your buddy will watch out for you.”

Higgins recommends to apply this manta across the board. Whether the goal is to prevent heat exhaustion or another type of incident, we need to look out for one another. At the end of the day, your co-workers may see something you miss. “It’s the old guy looking out for the new guy and the new guy looking out for the old guy that makes things work in the field.”

It is crucial to replenish the fluids within your body as well as taking breaks in the shade. This allows your body to naturally cool down, get out of the sun, and recover from overheating.

If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

A good way to check how hydrated or dehydrated you are is by looking at your urine. The color of urine is an excellent indicator of how much fluid is in your body. Clear urine is a sign of hydration and health. Yellow urine is adequate but an indicator that you might be dehydrated. Those with dark yellow or brown urine should consult with a medical professional. Try to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and energy drinks during the work week since this adds to dehydration. Instead, make sure to eat a filling meal at night and including an apple to your morning for energy.

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Treatment:

If you suspect heat exhaustion, the easiest solution is getting to a cool place as quickly as possible. This includes indoors (preferably with air conditioning), a shady spot, or at the very least in front of a fan.

Rehydrate your body with plenty of ice water and electrolytes. You can find electrolytes in sports drinks such as Gatorade, in small packets to mix with water, or even in fruits and vegetables.

According to Medical News Today, electrolytes “regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue,” all of which are crucial functions to someone working on the field.

Before work, prepare for the day with ice packs to keep drinks cool and use on your neck, back and armpits. During the workday, soaking a bandana in cool water is an easy technique to keep your forehead and neck moist while working.  At the end of the workday, you can cool down easily by taking a cold shower. This immerses your body and immediately lowers body temperature.

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The most important piece of the safety equation is people.”

– Oil and Gas Journal

Takeaways:

  • Consistently drink water before you start your day, throughout the day, and at the end of the day.
  • Replenish and hydrate your body with electrolytes
  • Stay cool in the shade or inside to allow your body to recover
  • Ice packs and wet bandanas are preventative measures to lower body temperature on the job.
  • Look out for your buddy and watch over one another

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Spread the love and stay hydrated!

3 Reasons to Use RigUp’s Messaging Feature

RigUp is driven to be the one-stop shop for the oil and gas industry. Whether you’re a skilled professional looking for work or you’re looking to hire, we have a passion to deliver quality tools and resources for our users. Doing so requires us to be constantly re-evaluating, re-inventing, and innovating our platform, which leads us to our latest development: the in-app messaging feature.

RigUp - On-Demand NetworkOur platform is designed to allow E&Ps and OFS companies to purchase labor and other various oilfield services transparently and confidently. The RigUp team believed that developing an in-app messaging feature was an important part of accomplishing this goal. Using in-app messaging, users can now communicate more effectively to expedite the oilfield services sourcing process, manage labor, and network with industry workers. Here are three ways users can benefit from using the messaging feature in the RigUp app:

  1. Check for crew & equipment availability and pricing

RigUp’s messaging feature allows users to send a quick message to check for crew and equipment availability and price quotes. Rather than making phone calls, calling out on social media platforms, or sending emails, RigUp users can use the messaging feature to communicate for faster, more effective workflow.

  1. Coordinate onboarding

If users are already utilizing our contractor management features, we’ve integrated in-app messaging to streamline onboarding even further. The messaging function easily enables users to coordinate training and make sure everything is in place for the first day on location to the last day of the project.

  1. Network

Utilizing the messaging function allows users to keep in touch with past clients and employees to network in industry. By keeping in contact with previous employers and contractors using the app, users are able to stay in the loop with industry professionals and find new projects within the RigUp system.

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Web Messaging

RigUp users can now use in-app messaging functionality using the following steps:

  1. Sign up or log in to your RigUp account.
  2. Click on the “Messages” icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Message any oilfield professional within the RigUp network.
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Mobile Messaging

We at RigUp hope that our in-app messaging feature is one step towards improving every aspect of oil & gas field life. Using one platform, users can enhance their communication experience to manager labor, network with industry professionals, and improve workflow efficiency. Create an account with RigUp to get started today.

Employees of RigUp – Ashley Kus, Customer Success Representative

RigUp’s mission is to empower the men & women who power the world. Fulfilling this mission would not be possible without our stellar team.

Today RigUp is highlighting one of our hard working customer success team representatives, Ashley Kus.

What is your role at RigUp?

I’m a member of our Customer Success team.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Similar to the oilfield, I would say RigUp doesn’t have a typical day. It’s ever-changing depending on our clients’ needs. Most of my days include heading out to field offices or headquarters to demonstrate how RigUp can provide value to our clients and teaching folks how to use our platform so they can cut the paper-pushing and inefficient processes out of their work day and focus on what’s important.

Why do you enjoy working in the oil and gas industry?

I grew up in a small town on a farm, and later moved on to the automotive industry for a few years, and now I’ve found myself in oil & gas. It’s become clear to me that I have a passion to work alongside the people that I respect most, that are the hardest workers I know and aren’t afraid to wake up before the sun. Luckily for me, I get to work with those people every single day, whether I’m in the office downtown Austin or traveling through West Texas.

What are 3 words to describe RigUp?

Family; transparent; dedicated.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love that with my job I am able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier. I truly believe in what we do and that it’s better than anything out there, and that is what makes me excited to get to work each morning.

What is your proudest moment (or moments) at RigUp?

I’m proud of the relationships I’ve made the past nine months here. The people I talk with every day are truly a joy to hear from and it goes deeper than just the services that we provide.

Why do you recommend more people switch to RigUp?

Switching to RigUp goes beyond just making more money. RigUp is easier, faster, WAY more transparent, and I’m willing to argue – more friendly than what anyone else out there is offering.

Ashley is one of the many hard working employees at RigUp. The RigUp team agrees with Ashley, that we enjoy working here because we are “able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier.”

RigUp goes beyond just making more money. If you are working, click here to sign up and connect with a representative, like Ashley, to discuss how RigUp can help you.  If you’re looking for work, please sign up for a free account at RigUp.com

RigUp’s Offshore Technology Conference Takeaway

Earlier this month, I spent my evenings enjoying the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity to network, and learn about upcoming equipment and technology set to shape the future of the oil and gas industry.

Earlier this month, I spent my evenings enjoying the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity to network, and learn about upcoming equipment and technology set to shape the future of the oil and gas industry.

During the evening attendees and I enjoyed numerous networking events. Events from notable titans of the industry to newcomers unveiling groundbreaking ideas. I also attended private events, which are staples of the OTC.

During the daytime, I walked the massive showroom floor. The trade show itself could not be contained by Houston’s NRG Center. Trade show booths spilled outside of the main center and into the huge parking lot, causing formal meetings to be held in the actual NRG Stadium.

The majority of attendees, especially exhibitors, were industry manufacturers. However, E&Ps and service companies littered the showroom floor. E&Ps and service companies frequently noticed my company shirt. On several floor occasions, I was stopped to chat about RigUp. They all mentioned great things about our amazing business model and sterling reputation. I was happy to hear that so many people respected RigUp; however, after speaking with everyone, I noticed a consistent theme. Many companies still only know RigUp for a bidding and procurement platform. They were surprised to hear about RigUp’s dominance in the contingent labor space, and potential to solve their company issues.

The overarching problem in this industry is labor: finding the right hands for the job.

RigUp solves this issue for our partners through our technology.

RigUp opens the door to over 11,500 contractors all over the L48. Conferences and like events continue to be great opportunities for RigUp to evangelize our technology and services to the organizations that employ the people that power the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about RigUp, please visit RigUp.com and create a free account today.

How RigUp is Silencing Skeptics with Industry-Leading, High-Efficiency Tech

Technology in oil and gas is a bit of a paradox.

While the industry is often stereotyped as change-averse or traditional and slow moving, it would be misleading not to acknowledge how much has changed in recent years. New seismic mapping technologies, horizontal drilling, fracking, robotics, and even solar technologies have all vastly altered the landscape of the energy industry.

The same factors that typically drive innovation — non-productive time, competition, and new capabilities in other industries — are all more present than ever before in oil and gas. In fact, new technology coupled with lower oil prices have exposed non-productive time in certain outdated, old-school business practices.

  • Pressure to drive down costs are increasing. Inefficiencies can’t hide under profits anymore.
  • Engineering operations have outpaced internal administrative systems
  • There’s not really a “shortage of labor”. Systems are outdated and the process is broken.

In an industry with volatile prices and unpredictable external factors driving supply and demand, cost management is crucial.

RigUp’s focus is managing labor market costs and providing scalability for exploration and production (E&P) companies, and oil and gas services companies.

Historically, the oil and gas labor market was fragmented, getting crews together was expensive and time-consuming, and variable labor costs were increasingly appearing as a top 10 category spend.  

Traditionally, E&P and services companies hired consulting firms and boutique agencies to manage contingent labor, e.g. contractors. These consulting firms would call around, looking for individual contractors when they needed to stand up a crew. Dispatching services were chained to a slow, time-consuming and expensive process.

The slow-cycle pain points became especially clear when shale took off. Frac jobs are often planned and started within a matter of weeks. Efficient labor sourcing and placement is a requirement.

Our current workforce inefficiencies scenario is reminiscent of the pre-Uber ridesharing market, or the vacation rental market before Airbnb.

Contractors and buyers are currently being forced into disparate agreements because the market is fragmented and often limited to who has executed the Master Service Agreement and who is on the Approved Vendor List. By aggregating oilfield service providers into one platform, RigUp helps facilitate a streamlined process for the industry – work with whoever, whenever.

RigUp’s marketplace increase transaction efficiencies for both buyers and sellers. On average, RigUp saves operators about 25% on variable labor costs, and we can help operators source and scale up to 3x faster than traditional methods. By using our industry-tested technology to place independent contractors, get them properly vetted, and get them on location faster, our users no longer need to dedicate precious time and money on outdated and error-prone human resourcing departments and consulting firms.

Contractor Compliance

RigUp sets a standard protocol for contractor compliance, making it safer to manage labor while maintaining a scalable flexibility.

Individual contractors are properly vetted on client specifications, and our proprietary platform tracks these requirements. Additionally, RigUp’s growing community provides social proof, similar to LinkedIn endorsements or Uber driver ratings.

On the flip side, contractors can make more money (they save a substantial amount from lower insurance costs), and they get paid faster.

We’re now the largest provider of these services to the market. Our next goal is to deliver an even better experience for both buyer and seller. The energy industry is at a tipping point, and RigUp is leading that push forward.

To learn more about how RigUp can help your company source and scale labor more efficiently, please visit RigUp.com.

Watch: RigUp CEO Xuan Yong talks with Houston energy investment firm Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Houston Energy Investment Firm Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Host RigUp for CEO Luncheon Series

A few weeks ago, RigUp CEO, Xuan Yong, was invited to Houston to sit alongside Tudor, Pickering & Holt’s CEO Maynard Holt for their CEO Luncheon Series. 

Through market research reports and consistent early insights, Maynard Holt has helped position the firm to be a major thought leader in energy finance sector.

Check out Xuan and Maynard discuss how pushing tech energy has led RigUp to become the largest provider of contingent labor in the lower 48.

RigUp empowers the men and women who power this world.

If this applies to you, visit RigUp.com to learn how we can help.

Certification Tracking for Oilfield Contractors

As the price of oil and rig count gradually increase, we see the demand for well qualified and low-risk labor steadily follows in sequence. However, when ramping up personnel to stay in stride with operations it is essential to ensure your company is hiring an experienced, compliant workforce.

One speed bump in this process is that operators are typically restricted to hiring vendors only from their approved vendor list. But what exactly does that process look like?

Years ago, we learned that the majority of the industry is managing vendors through winded spreadsheets or clunky out-of-date software. This led corporations to pay thousands of dollars for a glorified filing cabinet that spit out a letter grade for each vendor. The red flag with these systems is that vendors are being graded on a company scale, but the work is being performed on an individual basis. So, how does a supervisor ensure that each individual of a contract workforce is properly vetted?

With RigUp, the solutions are automated and simple. Contract labor sourced through the RigUp platform ensures a full 100% compliance with operator specifications. RigUp users are empowered to oversee and ensure that each individual approved to work on location has the most up-to-date training and certifications. And never miss a step with our proprietary automated workforce updates. Rest easy knowing that every hire is the right hire.

Certification tracking also provides advantages for hiring managers looking to onboard experienced, certified personnel. For example, a hiring manager on RigUp has the ability to filter the marketplace by specific certifications, such as well control certification, Safeland, SafeGulf or RigPass. The RigUp Contractor Marketplace ranks and promotes only the most certified individuals in your labor search.

At RigUp, we provide the best experience for hiring managers by populating our marketplace with A+ service providers. In this environment, service providers are empowered to get greater visibility through highlighting their qualifications and certifications on the RigUp platform. The individuals who boost their profiles through this medium are the same ones who are getting the calls, interviews and new jobs.

If your company is currently hiring, check out the RigUp Marketplace to how easy it is to find local, qualified oilfield consultants and contractors.

 

RigUp Rides BP MS150

Last year, I took the plunge on a 150 mile bike ride when I first rode the MS150 and joined on with RigUp’s team. From the bonds we made while training to the tangible impact of our donations to the worst butt pain I have ever felt, I couldn’t have possibly asked for more. The MS150 was one of the best experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to partake in, and when team RigUp saddles up again this April, we’ll be riding for that same experience again. The MS150 community is one that welcomes participation and embraces the hard work and dedication of its members for a vital cause, and that’s why I can’t wait to ride again this year.

Every year, 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers, and countless spectators and donors to partake in the MS150 with the goal of funding research for multiple sclerosis and the ongoing hunt for a cure. This year will be no different as the foundation aims high for $14 million dollars of fundraising in the constant battle against this degenerative disease. More than 400,000 Americans have MS alone, which means that most of us have been touched by somebody with MS in our lives, making this ride personal for a lot of us. Team RigUp alone has several members who have been affected by the disease. Together, we will ride to support our friends, family and the families of our oilfield partners. I know I can speak for all of us when I say we are excited and ready for this year’s trip.

I ride the MS150 with the most unlikely supporters of this ride in mind. Truth be told, not everyone can ride, but everyone can find a way to care about our mission. That means there are plenty of people along the way to Austin that are ready to show their support. While I may be riding this year, these folks are definitely way more creative than me. On the way into Austin, you’ll find countless friendly faces from spectators along the route, and the police officers directing traffic are among the most enthusiastic of our supporters as well. While there are MS sponsored rest stops with countless volunteers, we even ran into some families with their own homemade rest stops last year. Even more than that, a few spectators last year even stopped along the side of the road in small-town Texas just to set up a huge speaker set, dancing to pop and soul hits as the riders go by. The same spectators even came back for more on day two later to keep the rhythm going.

One memory that sticks with me is that the ride for the MS150 passes through Fayetteville Texas. Pulling into this small town with less than 300 people, you might not think twice – unless you’re passing through during the MS150. Passing through Fayetteville, you’ll see a gathering in the town square celebrating the event, full of bubble machines, dancing residents, and upbeat music.  You’ll see dozens of people sitting out on their lawns to thank the riders all day long. It feels like you must be seeing every resident in the town. Coming from Houston, this small town vibe feels like absolute magic to me, and reminds me of why we ride, why we donate, and why we participate.

After all, the MS150 is way more than a bike ride. Every year companies like RigUp, donors, riders, and administrators do their best to push MS research forward and find a cure, because that’s what this community engenders. Whether you ride for someone you know or just for the aim to be a part of something more, the embodiment of teamwork on this ride is unlike anything I’ve personally experienced. After this year’s training, fundraising and preparation, I can’t wait to pull into the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin to complete our journey. I can’t wait to see the volunteers and riders who make this possible year round. More than that, I can’t wait to see Fayetteville, where we’re reminded of all the team members and supporters we might never see if not for this truly remarkable ride.

Visit RigUp’s BP MS150 Team Page to learn more about the mission to bike MS.

If you’d like to learn more about RigUp’s oilfield marketplace, visit RigUp.com

Looking for Oilfield Work? Learn How To RigUp

If you’re looking for oilfield work, you’re definitely going to want to create a RigUp profile. The platform acts as a tool to empower experienced individuals, and distinguish them in the oilfield. Simply put, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. You aren’t relying on someone to push your resume, or worrying about it getting lost in a stack of papers. With RigUp, the power is in your hands and the hardworking, experienced hands will succeed.

Looking for oilfield work? Let’s RigUp.

Here’s our tips for how to maximize your profile’s potential to really increase your chances of landing your next oilfield gig.

Step one

Prep your profile. Starting with a bio, talk yourself up. In a few sentences, describe why you’re the best candidate for the job. Don’t just list your years of experience – go bigger. If you had 30 seconds to convince someone to hire you, what would you say? Make your name the one worth remembering. You’ll also provide more insight into your work history – past experience, work locations, project details, direct reports, skills, promotions, and more.

With the current state of the industry, where thousands of people are looking to get back into the oilfield, would you rather depend on someone else to push your resume or have the power yourself to ensure that your resume is at the very top of the stack?

Utilizing robust profile data to match qualified contractors for clients is what the platform does so well, but we can’t do it without you. Don’t skimp on the details – the more you provide, the easier it will be for employers to get a better picture of your skillset, career interests, and basin availability. The more we know, the easier it is for RigUp to find qualified candidates when sourcing for clients. It’s a win-win.

Michael has been recommended twice by previous employers. This helps his profile get more views.

Step two

Be specific. When making your selections as far as career interests, be sure to be thorough. If you express interest in work as a drilling consultant, you will receive real time emails every time a new drilling consulting job has been posted on RigUp. If you do not indicate what you are looking for, you will not receive any emails about new jobs.

Step three

Upload, upload, upload. Make sure you strengthen your profile by attaching your latest resume, any certifications and/or awards, any memberships you hold, and your complete contact information. Keep in mind that hiring managers can filter for individuals by certifications, role, desired basins, industry experience, role experience and location – so be sure not to sell yourself short when listing your accomplishments. The more specific you are, the likelier you’ll appear in an employer’s search.

Michael's review provides a testimonial to his work ethic. He also get's more views on his profile because the RigUp algorithm awards those with reviews.
Michael’s review provides a testimonial to his work ethic. He also get’s more views on his profile because the RigUp algorithm awards those with reviews.

Step four

Request recommendations. With employer reviews, your profile gets extra staying power in the algorithm. The more kudos you receive from your supervisors, the higher your profile will rank in the search results. It’s as simple as that.

With a little effort and some fine-tuning of your professional potential, you can stand out to employers and get more oilfield work. With RigUp, you have the ability to truly set yourself apart, thanks to the easiest way to work in oil and gas.

To learn more about RigUp and how to find oilfield work, visit here.

A Wall of Honor for Trade Workers

Whether they’re drillers, toolpushers or derrickmen, front-line workers in the oil and gas field – like many skilled trade workers – are unsung heroes. They spend long, arduous days away from family, often in hazardous locations. Their daily grind is always expected, seldom celebrated.

In other words, there’s no Oscar, Emmy or Golden Globe award on the rig.

But there are stories. And in one safety footwear providers’ view, there are “epic” stories of courage and commitment worth remembering and sharing in an era of skilled labor shortages.

That’s why a Wall of Honor was created by Red Wing Shoe Company, a provider of footwear as well as additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to roustabouts and other tradesmen and women. Unveiled this month, the Wall of Honor celebrates all kinds of skilled laborers’ accomplishments, as spoken in their own words and carried out through their work boots.

Red Wing asked for customer stories last year, received hundreds of submissions and selected 32 to highlight, along with their boots, on a physical Wall of Honor adorning its flagship store in Red Wing, Minn. In addition, a virtual Wall was “built” at www.redwingshoes.com/honor where the honorees’ inspiring tales – surviving scares, making critical repairs or getting up and getting it done each morning for decades – are on display.

The company’s CMO Dave Schneider says Red Wing has routinely received unsolicited notes from appreciative customers for more than 100 years and felt compelled to put some elbow grease into how they collected and curated these experiences at a time where the profession can be overlooked and ignored but is critically needed.

“It felt right to provide a space where their stories can live forever, paying respect to our customers’ boots and the remarkable work they have accomplished in their communities,” said Schneider.

One remarkable story is that of Eric Neece, a driller turned wind turbine repairman who, literally, followed his father’s footsteps in his Red Wings. His dad was a drilling consultant for a while with Parker Oil on rig 201. Decades later, he found himself on the very same rig pumping cement down a well using a new reverse-circulated method that, if it succeeded, would set a global record for the deepest hole to be cemented using that technique.

Wrote Neece: “When I stepped on that rig, it didn’t take long to hit me. The name and paint were different, but sure enough: number 201… Dad was no longer with us, but I know he was watching. And I made extra sure we set the world record to make him proud.”

Red Wing plans to continually maintain and rotate new stories, so RigUp readers are encouraged to submit their own epic moments here.

To learn more about becoming a consultant or contractor with RigUp, visit www.rigup.com/contractors.