Health & safety has always been of paramount importance in the crude industry, and the shale crude business is no different. The different shale players in the US have differing chemical characteristics and experience very different extremes of weather conditions.
everis was approached by a company that had been forced to supply air and breathing apparatus to its drivers at significant cost in an effort to protect them after drivers were seriously affected by Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) inhalation. In the Bakken region, when at the top of open tanks, H2S exposure is a serious threat to health. Along with this exposure, their drivers were being frequently splashed in the face with shale crude due to cross winds on top of the gantries when manually dipping the tanks. Lastly, in winter there had been many occasions of dangerous falls on the gantry steps which had become treacherous due to ice.
The liquitrax solution allowed the drivers to stay off gantries completely. This allowed them to be free to focus purely on following the company’s strict operating procedures for the loading process, stood at ground level right next to their truck. They were also free from the distractions of completing paperwork through automated ticket completion, printing, and digital signature of the driver being recorded through his proximity sensor.
In addition to staying off the gantries, the liquitrax solution is able to alert drivers to the proximity of dangerous electrical storms during which no load or discharge operations should take place. This alert functionality also supports active route management delivering notifications of weather related bridge closures forcing trucks of a certain size have to take lengthy and time consuming diversions; liquitrax provides alternative routes minimising delays and mileage which keeps costs down for the crude buyer.