"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." ~ S.D. Gordon
Getting to Know You
Sammy is a Drilling Consultant for Marathon Oil. He grew up and still lives in Runnelstown, Mississippi. He has been married for 24 years and has two boys. His eldest boy, Caleb is 22 years old and the youngest, Weston is 6 years old.
Outside of work Sammy's hobby is hunting. Sammy has had many accomplishments in his personal and professional life. Among the professional triumph's was when he was a Superintendent for H7P, he resided over 7 rigs and went 14 months without a OSHA recordable incident report of any kind. Above all his abilities he feels that "My two boys are my greatest accomplishments."
Here at Callender Inc, we feel he has always been a great asset to us and are proud to have him with us.
Our way of showing you who exactly you are working with!
By Pastor Calvary Callender
Today I want to talk about Grace. Grace is a terribly misunderstood word and defining it sufficiently is notoriously difficult. Some of the most detailed theology textbooks do not offer any concise definition of the term. One of the best-known definitions of grace is; only three words: God's unmerited favor.
A. W. Tozer expanded on that idea by saying, "Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving." Berkhof is more to the point when he says' grace is, "The unmerited operation of God in the heart of man, effected through the agency of the Holy Spirit."
The key word in what these great minds have said is this, "unmerited" - grace, my friends, is completely undeserved and therefore it leads to the conclusion that grace is a free gift given to us by God through Christ.
John Hicks, an evangelist I heard recently speak about grace said, "It is by grace we have been saved, through faith" (Ephesians 2.8). We can be redeemed and made righteous through faith in Jesus.
In Galatians chapter 3, we come to the heart of the matter that Paul has been referring to up to this point in His letter to the Galatians: The conflict between two alternate roads to righteousness...Trusting and Trying. How does one please God? What makes a person truly a Christian? Trying to act in a way that seems pure and Godly or trusting in a Savior who paid the price for sin? The question is really a trick one. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be good enough. It is only by trusting in Jesus that we find salvation. That is Grace.
Let me encourage you today, if you have been "trying," then stop. Simply let go and trust in him. You will be amazed at what he can do for you. It's not in following the rules that make us right with him, but when we make the decision to trust in him we find that we are happy to do anything he asks.
News Features -
The effects of one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S. still linger on boulder-strewn beaches in the Gulf of Alaska. Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill set off one of the most devastating environmental disasters in U.S. history; scientists say that a surprising amount of oil still clings to boulder-strewn beaches in the Gulf of Alaska. And that oil could stick around for decades to come.
Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the spill, when a tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The accident wiped out herring and salmon runs. And some of the affected wildlife, like sea otters and pink salmon, are still recovering.
The latest findings on lingering oil came last month, when scientists announced that spilled oil in the Gulf of Alaska still has most of the same chemical compounds as oil sampled 11 days after the accident. The scientists presented evidence of a lingering, foamy, mousse-like emulsion at a major ocean science conference in Hawaii. The oil's presence in areas that were cleaned right after the spill points to a need to monitor certain environments long after the visible effects disappear, the researchers say.
It's Like Mayonnaise
There are two main reasons why there's still oil on some of the beaches of the Kenai Fjords and Katmai National Parks and Preserves in the Gulf of Alaska, explains Gail Irvine, a marine ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead researcher on the study.
When the oil first spilled from the tanker, it mixed with the seawater and formed an emulsion that turned it into a goopy compound, she says.
"When oil forms into the foam, the outside is weathering, but the inside isn't," Irvine explains. It's like mayonnaise left out on the counter. The surface will crust over, but the inside of the clump still looks like mayonnaise, she explains.
When that foamy oil met the boulders and cobbles of beaches in the Gulf of Alaska, it plopped down between and under the rocks, and it's still there.
Articles & Info
Oil Patch- ACCIDENT SUMMARY
Accident Type: Flash fire from crude oil vapors
Weather Conditions: Clear, sunny
Type of Operation: Oil well servicing/Production
Size of Work Crew: 3
Worksite Inspection Conducted by Employer: No
Competent Safety Monitoring on Site: No
Safety and Health Program In Effect: Minimal
Training and Education for Employees: Minimal
Job Title of Deceased Employee: Laborer
Age/Sex of Deceased Employee: 26/M
Time on Job: 1 day
Time at Task: 2 hours
Short Service Employee (<1 Year): Yes
Time Employed: 2 months
Brief Description of Accident
Three employees were working on a leaking crude oil flow line that connected a production well to its tank battery. They dug a trench to access the leaking flow line and cut out a 6-ft. long section from the pipe using a cold cutter. Two of the employees attempted to thread the cut on the flow line with a manual pipe-threading machine (threader) but the dies on the threader were dull. Therefore, the workers asked the office to have new dies for the machine delivered to the site. Instead of installing the new dies in the manual pipe threader that was used earlier, the dies were installed in an electric pipe threader.
1. Perform job hazard analyses (JHAs) prior to beginning work to determine potential hazards of the job and their controls such as leaking flammable vapors from equipment that had previously contained hydrocarbons, control of ignition sources, working in excavations, and lockout/tagout.
2. Do not use electrical tools and equipment that are not approved for the hazardous location where the work is to be performed, i.e., do not allow unapproved electrical tools and equipment to be an ignition source for flammable vapors.
3. Develop and implement a hot work permitting program that includes atmospheric monitoring for concentrations of flammable vapors and provide ventilation to limit the concentration of flammable vapors to below 10% of their LEL.
4. Provide and require the use of flame-resistant clothing (FRC) for workers who are exposed to flash-fire hazards.
5. Provide workers training emphasizing the following:
a. Hazards related to working with piping and other equipment that has contained hydrocarbons;
b. The use of electrically approved tools and equipment for locations where flammable vapors might be present, i.e., hazardous atmospheres; and
c. Hazards of working in trenches, for example, engulfment hazards and fire/explosion hazards due to the fact that flammable vapors accumulate and do not readily dissipate from trenches and other low-lying areas.
Note: The described case was selected as being representative of improper work practices, which likely contributed to a fatality from an accident. The accident prevention recommendations do not necessarily reflect the outcome of any legal aspects of the incident case. OSHA encourages your company or organization to duplicate and share this information.
Several workers in a vault below a bridge could have been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO) from gas-powered tools they were using in the confined space. The air monitoring equipment being used to check for toxic gases could not sound an alarm if CO reached dangerous levels because there was no CO sensor in the instrument.
Gas monitoring instruments are designed to protect workers from unseen workplace hazards. Exposure to toxic gases or an oxygen-deficient atmosphere can cause serious illness and even death.
Gas monitors must be used whenever practicable to ensure the safety of workers in confined spaces. These monitors typically provide continuous readings of the oxygen level and any explosive gases or vapors, or other harmful gases, that may be present (for example, CO). If the concentration of any of these gases exceeds preset limits an alarm will sound, warning workers to leave the confined space.
How do I know if toxic gases are present?
A qualified person must identify the hazards of a confined space. Any toxic gases likely to be present will depend on the nature of the space (for example, hydrogen sulfide in a sump) and the work activities taking place within the space (for example, painting, welding, or the use of gas-powered tools).
Who is a qualified person?
A qualified person is a professional who has experience and training in recognizing hazards in confined spaces, evaluating and controlling those hazards, and using monitoring equipment. A qualified person includes any of the following:
• Certified industrial hygienist (CIH)
• Registered occupational hygienist (ROH)
• Certified safety professional (CSP)
• Canadian registered safety professional (CRSP)
• Professional engineer (PEng)
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