Driving Safety Top Priority for Oil and Gas Industry – Op Ed

Employees Attend Regular Safety Courses & May Receive Safety Bonuses
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From Cuero to Carrizo Springs, advances in technology have led to an unprecedented leap in oil and natural gas production in South Texas. Oil and gas activity in the Eagle Ford has generated more than $61 billion in revenue  in 2012 and 116,000 full-time jobs, according to research from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Karnes County, employment in the mining sector, which is mostly oil and gas, jumped 260% and industry wages increased 320%. In Dimmit County, local sales tax revenues recently doubled, apparently thanks to increased oil and gas activity; this is a quadruple-digit increase over two years before. [Read more…]

Pulling Eagle Ford Trailers Safely – Crack the Whip!

Combination vehicles require a more developed skillset

Pulling Eagle Ford trailers safely is no task for the faint at heart. Combination vehicles are usually heavier, longer, and require more driving skill than single commercial vehicles. This means that drivers of a vehicle combination like a straight truck with a trailer need more knowledge and skill than drivers of single vehicles. These drivers also need a Combination Vehicle Endorsement on their CDL. To get one, you have to take a written test and a skills test. You’ll have to demonstrate that you know how to handle two characteristics of trailers that make driving a combination vehicle more of a challenge than driving a single vehicle. These are:

  • rearward amplification and
  • yaw instability.

Eagle Ford Trailers – Rearward Amplification

In the busy production-driven environment of the Eagle Ford Shale oilfield, “crack the whip” usually means, “get busy, get to work!” For drivers of tractor-trailers, however, “crack the whip” has a different meaning. [Read more…]

Trucking Accidents at Railroad Crossings – Don’t Be A Statistic – Stop, Look, Listen

Trains are involved in accidents with people or vehicles almost every three hours

Every year, an unfortunate number of trucking accidents occur at Texas railway crossings. Last year, a truck became stuck in ice while crossing railroad tracks and in another incident a freight train hit an 18-wheeler. Fortunately the vehicle drivers were not injured, but that wasn’t the case in a third railroad crossing accident which ended in a fatality. A man reportedly drove around a crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming passenger train.

Many railroad crossing accidents occur in rural areas traveled to and from the oilfield.

Operation Lifesaver is a nationwide, non-profit public information program dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities at highway-rail crossings and on railroad property. [Read more…]