Safety is a key component to everything we do in the oil and gas industry,
whether it’s on-or-offshore. Most of the time safety measures are only
reviewed when we are faced with handling dangerous equipment that could
do us harm or damage equipment. However, as we know, health, safety,
and environmental concerns are all around us throughout the day. I’ve been
working in the industry for over 10 years, and during that time, I’ve been
constantly reminded to think about safety at work and home. In the ofce
setting, where a good portion of the oil and gas industry employees work,
our work desk, ofce space, and cubes can present health and safety hazards that we’re not aware
of. What I’ve encountered in my work setting is inadequate chairs that don’t support my back
or height requirements. Which leads to neck and back pain. Monitors that sit too low on my
desk. Overhead uorescent lights that are overwhelmingly bright, which over time leads to mild
headaches. My remedy to these problems were simple with a small investment. For my chair, I
bought a form tting cushion for back support and adjusted the height so that my arms rest evenly
on my desk. I use two monitors for the work I do and I bought stands to raise my monitors to just
about eye level. Ideally, I would prefer to turn off the lights and use my desk task light, but that’s
not possible in my ofce setting. The next best option for me was to have facility management
remove two of the four bulbs in the light xture directly above my desk. If you think about it,
there are always health and occupational hazards around us from the breakroom to the restroom.
Being aware and watching out for potential hazards will serve you well at home, on the road, and
even on a holiday break.
NOVEMBER — DECEMBER 2016
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CONTRIBUTORS — Biographies
Don Briggs is the President of the Louisiana
Oil and Gas Association. The Louisiana Oil
& Gas Association (known before 2006 as
LIOGA) was organized in 1992 to represent the
Independent and service sectors of the oil and
gas industry in Louisiana; this representation
includes exploration, production and oileld services. Our
primary goal is to provide our industry with a working
environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services
its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil &
gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing
burdensome regulations, and educating the public and
government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in
the state of Louisiana.
Mark A. Stansberry
Mark A. Stansberry, Chairman of The GTD
Group, is an award-winning author, columnist,
lm producer, radio talk show host and 2009
Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee.
He has been involved in the oil and gas
industry for over 39 years. He is currently
serving as Chairman of the Board of the Gaylord-Pickens
Museum/Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Vice Chairman of the
Board of Regents of the Regional University System of
Oklahoma, Board of Directors of OKC Port Authority,
Board of Governors of the Recording Academy/Grammys
Texas Chapter, Lifetime Trustee of Oklahoma Christian
University and Board Emeritus of the Oklahoma Governor’s
International Team. He has served on several private and
public corporate boards.
Jason Spiess is an award winning journalist, talk
show host, publisher and executive producer.
Spiess has worked in both the radio and print
industry for over 20 years. All but three years of
his professional experience, Spiess was involved
in the overall operations of the business
as a principal partner. Spiess is a North Dakota native,
Fargo North Alumni and graduate of North Dakota State
University. Spiess moved to the oil patch in 2012 living and
operating a food truck in the parking lot of Macís Hardware.
In addition to running a food truck, Spiess hosted a daily
energy lifestyle radio show from the Rolling Stove food truck.
The show was one-of-a-kind in the Bakken oil elds with
diverse guest ranging from U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (WY) to
the traveling roadside merchant selling ags to the local high
school football coach talking about this week’s big game.
At Beachwood Marketing Group, our mission is to
market oil and natural gas properties in the most
cost effective and efcient way. We strive to provide
excellent leadership and unparalleled service for
each of our clients. Josh has been instrumental in
dening Beachwood’s market leading solutions and
has overseen the company’s expediential growth. Josh is also an
accomplished writer on the acquisition and divestment market
and a speaker and presenter at conferences. He continues to keep
his focus on the strategic direction of Beachwood Marketing
Group and its expansion into new markets.
Paul Flessland is an editorial, event and portrait
photographer based in Fargo, North Dakota.
Featured in over fteen regional and national
publications, Flessland is passionate about visually
telling the story of the Bakken’s impact on
North Dakota and the nation. Visit his website at
Joseph P. DeWoody (@jpdewoody) is the president
of Clear Fork Royalty, an oil and gas royalty
investment company located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Clear Fork Royalty works with accredited investors,
trusts and family ofces to provide portfolio access
to oil and gas mineral rights and royalties to hold
for long term investment through various direct investment
vehicles. Joseph was selected by Oil and Gas Investor Magazine
as a winner of the Top 20 under 40 Award, and by TIPRO and
Texas Monthly Magazine as a Texas Top Producer. Joseph is a
member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was
appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to a six year term on
the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists. He serves on the
Board of Directors for the National Stripper Well Association
and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
I was raised in a small West Texas town where
the school mascot is a roughneck. Growing up
with a roughneck as the town symbol, how could
I not spend most of my adult life working in
the petroleum industry? I started working in the
oilelds age 16. In Texas you had to be 17 with a
signed minors release from your parents, but my parents were
glad to keep me working. I had been working since my rst job
working on a commercial elephant garlic farm at age 12. By
the time I reached 16, I had enough work experience to prove
I knew how to hold my own on a work crew. Anybody whose
parents survived the great depression can attest to the fact that
their children learn the value of a solid work ethic.
Oilman Magazine / November-December 2016 / OilmanMagazine.com
Emmanuel Sullivan, Publisher, OILMAN Magazine