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New rules issued for transporting offshore personnel during pandemic

The Offshore Marine Service Association last week issued a memorandum providing guidance on the transport of potentially infected personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Kean...

ExxonMobil shrinks Baton Rouge production

U.S. oil supermajor ExxonMobil has reduced the run rates at its second-largest U.S. refinery in Baton Rouge, sources with knowledge of the operations at...

Temperature checks, travel restrictions, Skype meetings become the new industrial reality

Louisiana’s industrial market awoke to a new reality this week, one consisting of temperature checks, restricted travel and a greater dependence on Skype meetings. To...

Toolbox Talks: Human Performance and Covid-19

I’m not a medical professional. I’m just a person who, like many of you, is consuming a lot of information these days about Covid-19...

Toolbox Talks: Should we treat a near-miss like an accident?

During a recent conversation, my friend Charlie mentioned he was in a meeting where someone said, “We should treat all near-misses like we had...

Toolbox Talks: Operate in the middle ground

Have you ever inadvertently demolished someone’s house? Probably not. Mostly because you are not in the house demolition business or you aren’t just, in...

Louisiana bus company adds Texas branch to service energy projects

Hotard Coaches goes where the work takes it—industrial work, that is. The new Orleans company—part of All Aboard America Holdings—has signed a seven-year lease on...

Toolbox Talks: How much is a good example worth?

Actions speak louder than words. There are many famous versions of this adage. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly, I cannot hear...

Congressman: Why Louisiana can’t cash in on its assets

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves says it’s easy to understand why Louisiana can’t fully capitalize on its unique abundance of natural and manmade resources. Speaking Feb....

Toolbox Talks: Bringing human performance home

Just this week, my daughter and her husband, who is dealing with the flu, woke up to a 58-degree house. They checked the vents...

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