What the Latest COVID-19 Relief Package Means for Individuals & Businesses

We're committed to keeping you informed on programs and benefits you may qualify for due to impacts from COVID-19. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you navigate the resources that may be available to you.    Continued Support for Individuals & Families 1) Checks from the Government Some Americans will qualify for a one-time relief payment from the federal government, expected to be paid in the coming weeks. Beneficiaries can receive up to…

Worker Spotlight: Derek

Waking up early is one of the hardest transitions for parents of newborns, but not for Derek. As a First Class Mechanic based out of Newport News, Virginia, he’s used to starting work on the ship at 6 am. What did leave Derek pleasantly surprised was RigUp’s flexibility when his daughter Erin was born on October 30th, 2020. “They’re very understanding with days off and such. When my daughter was being born, it was an…

6 Tips to Keep Safety Top of Mind This Holiday Season

The holidays mean more traffic, more shopping, and more stuff on the brain. All of that means less focus and vigilance when it comes to safety, both on and off the job. Combine that with the added stress and precautions needed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve got a safety crunch on our hands.  Distraction is one of the leading causes of errors in the workplace. According to a study by the…

Worker Spotlight: Vernell

When flowback well tester Vernell travels to rigs in North Dakota, Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico, he keeps one important thing in mind: his family. He says traveling “makes me realize what I have at home and what I’m working for.” Vernell is working to give his five children things he didn’t have growing up. “I love taking my family on little mini vacations here and there at a resort or in the mountains of…

5 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Winter weather presents multiple safety hazards for drivers, from black ice to shorter days. In late fall and early winter, the hazards are also compounded by deer mating season. Experts say deer strikes occur most often from October to December. That’s because during the animals’ three-month long mating season, which peaks in November, bucks chasing reluctant does are more likely to jump into traffic. Some of the worst motor vehicle accidents are weather or animal…

Veterans are filling the skills gap—with a little help from RigUp

The growing renewable energy industry needs resilient workers with an aptitude for leadership, and heeding that call is a crew of highly-trained veterans. Through our Veterans Network, RigUp is working together with other organizations to create a pipeline between military service and the civilian workforce. The Veterans Network focuses on recruitment and support of veterans, with the end goal of getting them placed into long-term renewable energy jobs. That starts and ends with education, says…

The 5 Fastest Growing Skilled Trade Jobs in Energy

Knowing a job’s future viability is crucial, especially during an economic downturn. Jobs in the energy sector are particularly difficult to track because growth is so dependent upon the economic and political climate. The best projections use the best data, and for this we turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Their Occupational Outlook Handbook compiles a set of statistics to determine which jobs are expected to grow much faster than the average for…

Why This Industry Veteran Is Proud to Be Part of RigUp’s Team

Third-generation bridge painter Duane Mensch has been suspended from many bridges, including the 3,030-foot New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. “I was the guy who put the cable there so everyone else could work.” But the bridge industry wasn’t the end of the story for Duane. While stringing cable over the Ohio River, a man crossing the bridge stopped to complain about the traffic. They got to talking, he asked Duane if they…

5 Tips for Wildfire & Smoke Safety on the Job

This year was the largest wildfire season recorded in California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection—an unfortunate trend throughout the American West. And many in the U.S. Forest Service say people should get used to longer and more severe fire seasons in the future. That’s why learning more robust wildfire safety tips is essential for protecting your health in the workplace.   Here are five tips to help keep you safe…

Solving the Wind Talent Crunch

The US wind sector has something to celebrate—a boom in the last five years has led to 120,000 jobs in all 50 states. The problem is that there aren’t 120,000 qualified technicians to fill these roles. How can operators find skilled contractors? RigUp is using our expertise and industry-leading data to address these questions and help find solutions. A breakdown of the talent crunch problem Contractors are under pressure to reduce operating costs. One way…

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