Hand Safety On Location

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We often take our hands for granted, not realizing how vital they are to our everyday life.

From brushing your teeth in the morning to driving a car, hands play a massive role in the way our society operates. Because hands are crucial to our standard of living, it’s important to know how to protect them from compromising situations.

According to PEC Safety, a technology and training company for contractors,

“The hands are the most frequently injured part of the body. One-third of all oil and gas industry accidents are hand injuries.”

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In this field, having capable hands can make or break you. Here are a few ways to make sure that you’re handling the dangers on-site:

Make sure you have the right PPE – personal protective equipment
  • Gloves can be a lifesaver, literally. Depending on what kind of job you’re doing, make sure that your gloves can protect from chemicals, electricity, power tools, sharp objects, and more. Not only do they have to be the right type of glove, but the right size. Comfort is critical for everyday usage. Inspect gloves to make sure they fit correctly, that they are right for the job and are not ripped or damaged.
Stay focused
  • It can be easy to get distracted or become complacent but that’s when most accidents happen. Remember to be aware and watch out for your hands and others!
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  • Old equipment can become dangerous if it’s outdated or broken. Make sure that your tools are up-to-date for smooth operations.
Knowledgeable
  • You can have the best equipment out there, but if you’re not properly trained it won’t matter. Knowing how to use the machinery is a top priority for safety and efficiency.
Watch out for your buddy
  • If you’re looking out for others, they’ll look out for you too. Stay ahead of accidents by keeping one another accountable!
Taking Care of Injuries
  • If there is an incident, report it right away and take the necessary precautions for medical attention. It’s important to take care of your health!

 

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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.

 

Three Rivers Operating Company: Drilling Lean in the Permian with Volatile Commodity Prices

A case study on how RigUp helped streamline the bidding process to save considerable time and money.

In today’s environment of uncertain commodity prices, there remains a constant pressure to ensure operations remain on track, often by doing more with less. This case study is an example of how operators are changing their behavior in order to continue drilling lean in a volatile market.

In April of 2016, Three Rivers Operating Company (3ROC) leveraged the RigUp platform to revise an AFE. In next to no time their engineers were able to:

  • Build “Requests for Quotes” (RFQs) for key products and services within their drilling program.
  • Select qualified vendors from RigUp’s network of 10,000+ Service Companies (many of which were previously unknown to 3ROC, but experts in the Permian).
  • Distribute 8 unique requests to more than 60 vendors at the click of just a few buttons.

Pricing came back within a week and 3ROC were delighted with the results:

Drilling Lean

By marketing our drilling projects through the RigUp platform, Three Rivers was able to discover, investigate and ultimately contract a turnkey option at a significant discount to our daywork budget.Grant Sirgo – Drilling Engineer, Three Rivers Operating Company.

Cost Savings

  • 30% cost savings compared to a previous round of bidding of the exact same services, from just a month earlier.
  • Increased exposure to vendors; More Vendors = More Competition = Lower Prices
  • Almost 90% Execution Rate on pricing received.

Time Savings

  • Consolidated workflow; RigUp acts as a one-stop-shop for creating, compiling and tracking all requests in a single location.
  • All vendor communications are managed on the platform with no phone-tag or email correspondence to worry about.
  • All received pricing is consolidated in an “RFQ Report” to help you quickly analyze bids and take the hassle out of sifting through dozens of documents (potentially saving up to 6+ hours per RFQ).

Process Transparency

  • Real time AFE re-bidding; a must have in the current commodity market.
  • Unbiased, no nonsense, decision making. RigUp acts as the conduit between you and your vendors, effectively removing unnecessary communication from factoring into the decision making process.
  • All bids and communication is retained on the platform for audit purposes.

Looking to get fresh pricing for an upcoming job or program?

  • If you have an account already, click here to start bidding out work today.
  • Otherwise, we’d love to hear from you and help you start saving time and money. You can email us at support@rigup.com.