Directional Drilling Safety – Reducing Vehicle And Worker Accidents

If you are a drilling contractor, then you may consider using directional drilling techniques to reach oil or natural gas encased in the earth. Directional drilling requires tracking and the precise drilling of numerous deep channels.  This means you will need to hire a relatively large crew of workers to help you. If drilling is completed near roadways or highly populated areas, then you will need to make sure your employees are properly protected from passing cars as well as equipment driven within the work zone.

Set Strict Workwear Regulations

If you have owned a drilling business for a number of years, then you probably supply your workers with reflective vests and brightly colored safety gear. If you purchase general use vests, then you may not be protecting your workers properly. Safety vests are actually rated and placed in different categories based on the types of activities or dangers the worker will face. In your work area, class 1 vests are required, because vehicles will likely not drive faster than 25 miles per hour around your workers.

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If you want better protection though, then invest in class 2 vests instead. These vests come in fluorescent colors like bright orange, yellow, or green.They fit over clothing or uniforms and you can find flame-resistant varieties for your workers who come close to hot drills. Make sure to find vests that feature six inch wide reflective strips across the front. This will help with visibility. Require your workers to wear their vests as soon as they enter your work site.

Carry out site inspection regurlarly 

Drilling sites must be inspected for any safety concerns through out the day to identify any safety concerns. Necessary actions must be done immediately to minimize risks of accident.

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Invest in an Exercise Program

Your employees are likely to work long hours. Early starts and late evenings may be common and this can lead to fatigue. Fatigue can be amplified by poor eating habits, excessive weight, and dehydration. Fatigue can cause poor concentration and reaction times, and this can lead to accidents. Offer water and coffee to your employees and also set up an exercise regimen instituted in the morning. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain to help it function better, and activity can help your employees lose weight, which will reduce long-term fatigue.

Starting a Good Program

Aerobic exercise is considered best to elevate the heart rate so that blood can flow more quickly through the body. This type of activity is also considered low impact, and this keeps muscle cramps and strains to a minimum. Fast walking is stress free as well, so set up a circular path around your work site so that employees can walk. Instruct individuals to swing their arms to help increase the heart rate during the activity. Ask employees to walk for 15 minutes or measure the path and make sure each individual walks about one mile each morning.

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If you do not have a clear path to set up a walking space, then ask employees to complete basic exercises for 15 minutes. Jumping jacks, leg lifts, sit-ups, and squats are all good choices. If your workers are more physically fit, then add burpees, push ups, and jump roping to the routine.

If you have taken on a large directional drilling job, then you will need a support staff to help you. If it is your job to enforce safety on your work site, so follow the tips above to keep workers from being injured by vehicles around the work area.


How to Use a Chainsaw – Felling Techniques – Step 8

There are two popular felling techniques most commonly used today: the standard or common notch and the open face technique.

Your owner’s manual will describe various techniques for making felling cuts. In this video, we will show you the basic techniques using the bar that is suitable for the size of the tree we are falling. If the tree you will be falling is larger in diameter than the usable bar length of your chainsaw, you will need to utilize special techniques to safely fell the tree. In this case, if you are not a trained professional, it is highly advised that you leave these larger trees to a professional with the right equipment and training.

Let’s begin at how the standard or common notch technique works. The notch you cut in the tree will consist of one cut that is horizontal level with the ground and a second cut that is at a 45-degree angle. These two cuts will intersect with each other, creating the felling notch. The side of the tree that you create the notch in will be the same side that you want the tree to fall. Here you can use your felling sites to help you properly position the notch and the hinge that will help control the felling of the tree. Point your felling site to the location you want the tree to fall will give you the 90 degree angle that you will want for a properly placed notch.

As you cut, always watch for weakness or rot in the tree. If the tree is weak or rotted, it is advisable that you have a trained professional remove the tree.

Make you 45 degree cut first with a depth into the tree approximately 1/5 to ¼ of the tree trunk’s diameter. Next, make your horizontal cut intersecting with the 45-degree cut; creating a wedge that can be removed from the tree. It is extremely important that these two cuts meet exactly so take your time, making certain that you get it right.

You’ll now move to the rear of the tree and begin the felling cut. If there’s any loose bark on the backside of the tree, use your ax to dislodge the bark around the area that you would be making your felling cut. This cut will be horizontal and should be 1 to 2 inches high than the horizontal cut of the felling notch made earlier.

Always stay to the side of the tree when making your felling cut. Never work from directly behind the tree as the tree could split and come backwards with deadly force, an event called barber chirring.

As you begin to make the felling cut, add your plastic wedges to the back of the cut. These will keep the tree from settling back into the cut and pinching your guide bar and it will also be instrumental in felling the tree, particularly if there is insignificant lean towards the desired felling direction.

The hinge you create when done properly will leave approximately 1/10 of the diameter of the tree uncut. Never cut into the hinge. Doing so could cause you to lose control of the direction of the fall.

Once you have correctly made your hinge with the felling cut and if the tree has sufficient lean, it will begin its fall the ground. When you see the tree begin to fall, immediately remove the saw from the cut. Turn it off with the chain brake engaged and withdraw from the cutting area, using one of the your preplanned escape routes. Never remain near the tree during its fall.

If you have finished making your back cut but the tree is not falling, you use your wedges to complete the task. One hit at a time, drive the wedges further into the felling cut, waiting a few moments for the tree to absorb the dynamics of the wedging process. Continue the process until you see the tree begin to make its fall. Again, retreat to a safe distance while the tree falls. If for any reason, the tree still won’t fall after properly wedging it, do not attempt to make additional cuts with your chainsaw. This could result in serious or fatal injury. Bring the tree down with a cable wench, block and tackle or heavy equipment such as a tractor or bulldozer.

The second type of felling cut is the open face cut, used by many of today’s professionals. Unlike the standard or common technique, the open face uses an angle bottom cut ha allows the tree to utilize the hinge throughout the fall all the way to the ground, give you more control of the felling process. Again, you’ll use the felling sites to direct the tree’s fall in the desired location.

Make your first cut down approximately a 50-degree angle to a depth of approximately 1/5 to 1/4 of the trunk diameter. Make the second cut from below at approximately a 40-degree angle. These cuts must match exactly and will result in a 90-degree wedge removed from the tree.

When you make your back cut or felling cut, it should be horizontal and 1 to 2 inches above the apex of the open face cut or above where the two cuts on the open face meet, creating the proper hinge. Again, using your wedges just as you did with the standard common technique to fall the tree.

How Filtered Water Can Help With Skin Conditions

Those who are suffering from rashes and other types of skin conditions on a regular basis, may want to consider filtering the water in their home. Having filtered water to shower with is going to be invaluable for those who have recurring skin conditions like rashes , boils or other problems.

Having a clean source of water that is free of pollutants like lead and fluoride will help many to avoid potential irritants. If nothing else, having filtered water will help to eliminate unfiltered water as a potential cause for any skin condition experienced.

Many Doctors out there will advise patients to try filtered water when other causes are eliminated for a skin disorder.

Other Benefits

The smell of much of the drinking water in the United States can end up smelling like sulfur and no one wants to smell that first thing in the morning. Being able to also avoid the cost of having to clean the pipes bringing water into and out of the house is another bonus of having filtered water.

The devices that provide water filtration with hydrocare have been tested time and again in order to ensure that they deliver enough water filtration to provide an outstanding value.

While it is true that the filters on any water filtering device will need to be changed, the amount of time a hydrocare filter lasts for is as good as any other filter in the business.

Better Looking Hair

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Having clean water to wash one’s hair with means that both their scalp and hair are going to be healthier as a result. Excess chemicals like fluoride and chlorine found in many water plants has been known to cause both dryness in hair and scalp.

This is especially true of hard water that is found in the more rural parts of various countries worldwide. Spending extra money on shampoos and other hair care products may not be as necessary once filtered water comes into the picture, but the only way to know is to try it.

Those who have tried many different hair products, but still cannot seem to achieve the results they are looking for should consider the use of filtered water.

Purchasing this equipment if often much more affordable when it is done online, because there is the opportunity to compare the prices of all the different available products. Price checking combined with product reviews is an instant recipe for a successful purchase online, every time.