October 6, 2023 · Electrician · (No comments)

By Jeff Craft

The natural gas industry in Wyoming is booming and job postings aren’t hard to find. If you have training and/or experience in construction, can drive a truck, or are a skilled tradesperson, you can find many opportunities in the natural gas industry.

The fact that there are lots of jobs available is the good news. The bad news is that you can find a job in Wyoming readily enough, but finding a place to live is challenging, to say the least. Some companies will provide funds to rent a motel room for a short period of time (up to six weeks) to allow workers some time to find alternative accommodation and other companies house workers in “man camps” near the work site.

Any apartments available for rent are going at a premium price ($1,000.00 per month or more). It is recommended that if you decide to take an oil job in Wyoming that you make sure you have a place to stay before you arrive or that you have your name on a waiting list for rental accommodation. (Local real estate agents can help you with this.)

Opportunities for construction workers (roustabouts) in Wyoming natural gas fields pay well. You will need a high school diploma and one year of working experience to qualify for one of these positions, which start at $60,000 per year and go into six figures. In return for that salary, you will be expected to put in 60 hours per week.


If you don’t have previous experience in this area, many employers are willing to train applicants. The work involves general labor, operating equipment, installing fencing, and piping. Applicants must have a good command of the English language and pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.

Operators who can drive a water truck in the oil fields are also in demand. If you have a couple of years of experience driving a heavy truck, you are qualified for this type of position. You will be working a 40-hour week, and earning a minimum of $20.00 per hour.

Your training as an electrician can also help you find employment in Wyoming. Wages start at $20.00 per hour with a minimum of four years experience, and you will be required to provide your own tools.

Welders and mechanics can also find numerous employment opportunities working in the oil and gas industry in Wyoming. If you are working in a shop, you are looking at a wage rate of between $12.00 and $15.00 per hour. Once again, you will be expected to provide your own tools.

If this type of work appeals to you, how can you find out about available openings? If there is a specific company you are interested in working for, such as Shell, Exxon, Halliburton, or Questar, you can check their web site to see what types of work are available. In addition to the large companies, smaller companies who provide services related to pipelines, road building, trucking, communications, and more all need workers.

Checking the classified ads of local newspapers is a good way to find out who is hiring, and what positions are available. If you don’t live in the immediate area, online versions of the papers are available.

Oil job boards and industry web sites are also good places to look for work in Wyoming. Another option is to conduct some research to find out about local companies who may need someone with your qualifications. You may find available jobs posted on company web sites that are not listed on job boards. Just as with any other job search, do your homework and find out something about the companies you are applying to before you submit your resume.

About the Author: With the unemployment rate creeping up it’s important for people to know that

oilfield jobs

in the U.S. are available. Oil jobs pay well, provide benefits, and stability. Some positions, such as

petroleum engineering jobs

, require significant education while

roughneck jobs

do not.



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April 28, 2023 · Electrician · (No comments)

By Nick Jervis

When the latest quotes for your car insurance hit the doormat you may need to sit down before you open them: motor insurance premiums have more than doubled since 1994 and, over the last year alone, fully comprehensive and third party insurance premiums have gone up 5.9%. Yet according to the Association of British Insurers the number of deaths on Britain’s roads are falling, so why aren’t your premiums?

The simple fact is that as casualties have fallen the cost of accidents is rising, and in the accidents that do occur there is a greater incidence of younger drivers being involved. Car design over the last decade has made our cars safer, with airbags, impact bars and specialist metals in the bodywork to reduce the crushing effect of a crash. The cost of repairing cars with these hi-tech safety features is much more expensive. Also a greater number of drivers and their passengers survive car crashes and therefore insurance claims for injuries sustained in accidents are on the increase. According to the AA, personal injury claims are rising at around 10% per year.

The most common of these injuries is whiplash or whiplash associated disorders (WAD). This usually occurs when a vehicle hits you from behind, though it can also happen if you are hit from the front or side. The impact throws the body forward which in turn throws the neck forward so it extends. As the driver brakes hard to stop the car moving this impetus is stopped suddenly and the neck snaps back at speed hitting the headrest. Inside the body this stretches and tears tendons, muscles and ligaments in the neck and surrounding area and may also damage nerves and other soft tissues.


Symptoms vary enormously depending on the health and age of the person, the severity of impact and braking speed, and factors such as seatbelts, headrests and so on. The results of a whiplash injury develop within hours of an accident, include painful stiffness in the neck that goes up into the head and down into the shoulders, headache, nausea, pins and needles in the arms and hands, low back pain, dizziness, blurred vision and ringing in the ears. It can also cause problems with concentration, memory and general performance.

With problems like this, not only will you require medical treatment at the time but possibly over many weeks. You may be in a neck brace taking anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers so unable to carry out your job. The time it takes for whiplash to heal varies from a few weeks to months or years. It can also cause ongoing health problems, potentially for the rest of your life.

The important thing is to get the appropriate medical treatment you need at the earliest opportunity. Ensure you make a careful note of how it has affected you, what treatment you have or will require and any impact it may have on your daily life and job. All valuable information needed in order to make a claim.

It seems somewhat ironic that with improved road safety and car design saving lives, that insurers are blaming the survivors of what once would have been fatal crashes for the increase in their insurance premiums. Why should these innocent victims bear the financial cost of paying for the treatment of injuries sustained in a crash and any loss of earnings this may have caused? The fact is that demand is rapidly in danger of outstripping supply. Insurance companies feel that premiums are no longer able to support the increasing number of claims for injuries sustained in road accidents. There are indications that increases are beginning to slow as a balance is reached. But in the meantime, whether you have been in an accident or not motor insurance premiums will be a real financial pain in the neck for drivers.

About the Author: We deal in a range of claims, including

personal injury claims

and compensation. Please visit http://www.1stclaims .co.uk for further information.



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