Oilfield Awareness

  Awareness is easily the single most important method for staying safe in the oilfield. Being aware of a hazard allows you as a worker the opportunity to make choices to protect yourself from that hazard. If there is a hazard that you are unaware of then...

Why E&Ps Need Local Services

“We always try to use the local guy,” is one of the many lessons that Junior tried to explain to me during my first year in the oilfield. Junior managed rig operations in the Kermit, West Texas field office and—through three decades of oilfield work—had seen all the...

What is a glycol unit?

NATURAL GAS AND IMPURITIES The pure natural gas that we all use is, in San Antonio, almost 100% methane (CH4). It is important that the natural gas we burn is pure because it gives a correct and consistent amount of heat while minimizing the pollution produced....

Sleep deprivation kills

The most dangerous position in the oilfield is behind the wheel. Oilfield work has a reputation for being dangerous due to working with heavy equipment and explosive wells. These are certainly hazards, but the biggest killer in the oilfield is driving. We’ve discussed...

CPR in the Oilfield

WHAT IS CPR? Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that is meant to continue circulation when the heart is no longer able to. When properly done and quickly administered, CPR saves lives. If a person’s heart stops then their survival rate will...

Nights Tour Hazards

The oilfield is characterized by long days but also has long nights. Many workers prefer the nights tour for many reasons such as that it is cooler and quieter than days. If you want to learn more about nights in the oilfield, then grab a hot cup of joe and read on....