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…

RigUp Offers Free Solar Training As Demand For Workers Grows

Interested in a career in solar? RigUp pays to get you trained! RigUp is committed to putting people back to work. That’s why we’re proud to launch a new, free training program in the Austin area - with the goal of giving workers the skills they need to qualify for in-demand roles in the solar industry. The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in America. But right now, there aren’t enough workers…

How RigUp Puts the Power in Contractors’ Hands

  Whether it’s fishing with his 8-year-old son, serving as a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his younger brother, family and community mean the world to Jonathan. That’s why it’s important that his job pays him a steady wage, but also keeps him close to his home in Emporium, PA. Jonathon is a solids tech who’s worked in the oil and gas industry for the past decade. While he’s had to travel to rigs…

7 Tips to Prevent Hand Injuries on the Job

When it comes to safety on the job site, the risk to your hands shouldn’t be overlooked. The hands are the most frequently injured part of the body. And in the oil and gas industry alone, hand injuries account for about one-third of all accidents. When most people think of hand injuries, they think of power tools. But hand injuries can be caused by many hazards - from pinch points and sharp objects to corrosives,…

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