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

Customer Success is our Priority

With over $150 million per month in transaction volume on RigUp, our team is constantly helping customers with on-boarding, training, and new features. We care about our users’ experience, and prioritize their needs.

Whether you prefer to speak to someone via phone, email, or chat we’re always here to help. Have a question? In-app chat allows customers to speak with one of our success representatives in real time. We aim to respond in under two minutes – but in reality, our report shows we are a little quicker than that!

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But that doesn’t even take into account the number of phone conversations. Our small ops team is on the phones constantly, making sure that every one of the 1,000+ calls that we have in a week are helpful and customer focused. Our goal is to make thousands of our users happy every single day.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a sampling of what our users – both E&Ps and service companies – have said about our dedication to their success.

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One of RigUp’s key assets is a dedication to providing the best customer support possible. In fact it’s more than just customer support that we care about, it’s customer success – a dedication to giving our users the tools that they need to succeed. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, says:

- Jeff Bezos, CEO of AmazonThat is exactly how we feel at RigUp.

 

The Startup Stew

There is no silver bullet for starting a successful company. People who seem to have everything right on paper often end up giving up on their startup dreams. Conversely, there are those special few who, by a combination of luck and talent, end up creating some of the most successful companies in the world.

Despite the lack of a perfect recipe, there are a few crucial ingredients to the startup stew. First, every startup company needs 1456128204_cauldroman idea – something that has never been done before, or never done the right way. The right idea is the foundation for every business that has ever succeeded.

But a good idea doesn’t mean a single thing if it just remains an idea. It must be cultivated by people with the perfect mix of passion and drive. It isn’t enough to simply believe in your game changing idea. You need to have the drive to make it happen. To do the hard thing and get it done – that is what sends ripples through the market.

Thirdly, your idea must meet a need. Mind reading cell phones may be the most groundbreaking technology to date but if it doesn’t create real solutions for real people, it will not have a lasting impact. On the other hand, if intricately hand crafted dog biscuits fill a gap left in the market they can seize the success that evades so many others.

RigUp was founded on the basic idea that the oil and gas industry has room for evolution. Taking existing technology and providing a place for E&P’s to find service companies in a simple convenient way is the idea that fuels us. Beyond that, we are driven and hard-working. I am impressed every day at the dedication that all of my co-workers have to building a company that solves real problems.

And that is what we are all about.

-Team RigUp

Why We’re Here

When we set out to build RigUp, we wanted to build a business and a technology that would catalyze positive impact across a vital industry. We had hundreds of meetings with energy executives, field operations, petroleum engineers, and community groups about the state of the energy industry. A common theme of improving “trust” emerged; trust between the operators and service companies, trust between field operations and finance teams, and most importantly trust between communities and the companies operating in their backyards. RigUp is building technology to restore trust in the energy sector. We’re putting together a team of world-class petroleum and software engineers to solve problems that at one point in time seemed unsolvable.

To meet demand from a growing global middle class, McKinsey estimates that global energy resource productivity will have to increase at a 3.2% per annum rate going forward compared to a 1.7% per annum rate from 1990-2010. With 66% of oilfield workers set to retire in the next 10-15 years, the great men and women working in the energy industry have a large task at hand to meet the world’s energy needs. Improved productivity must come alongside stronger environmental stewardship and safety benchmarks, and modern technology is required to improve upon legacy platforms and processes.

RigUp helps producers and service companies visualize and manage assets on location. Using big data and analytics, we allow industry participants to optimize their assets for safety, efficiency, and higher environmental standards without sacrificing performance and economics. Asset level safety and tracking is key to formulating optimal development plans. Our team has a strong focus to reduce the “idiosyncratic risk” of field operations, and our platform will eliminate lapse time and disputes for service companies. We have partnered with a select group of operators and service companies as we begin testing the first version of our platform, and we look forward to bringing on additional partners in the coming months.

Recently, we closed a $3mn series seed round led by Founders Fund. We are humbled to have Founders Fund on board as our anchor investor. We’re proud to call Austin, Texas home and excited about fostering a great start-up engineering culture.

Here’s to the future, y’all.

– The RigUp Team