The company in Three Rivers, owned and operated by Bill Norris, provides industrial personal protective equipment, safety training and drug testing for surrounding areas and beyond.
“We do safety training here, but if someone calls us and needs us to come to them, we do off-site training as well,” he said.
The idea for a family night came from an Offshore Energy Services employee. “An employee mentioned that he would love for his son to see what he does, and we got the idea to hold a night where the employees and volunteers and anyone else could bring their kids in for a fun night,” Norris said.
Safety Eyes and OffShore Energy teamed up to provide food and activities for kids, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, then let them watch three separate fires burn outside from a safe distance.
“We had a fire truck and an ambulance here, and we also did a fireworks show at the end of night,” Norris said. “The kids loved it; we got a lot of positive feedback.” Norris said he hopes to hold the event again next year.
Safety Eyes recently moved to a new location that opened in October. “We opened our original store in George West, but the need for training grew with the amount of people coming to work in the oil fields, and we really needed a bigger location,” Norris explained.
The new establishment, located on I-37 South, between Oakville and Three Rivers, has three large training rooms, along with drug testing facilities and more.
Safety Eyes offers H2S training (Hydrogen Sulfide), CPR training, and Safeland training.
“Safeland is an eight-hour training course that covers all aspects of safety,” Norris explained. “Most companies won’t even let you on site anymore without it.”
The company has had a working relationship with Offshore Energy Services since it started, about three years ago.
Gene Thomas, the district manager, said “high standards in Safety Awareness and Prevention training are the norm in the oil and gas industry. This is what Safety Eyes excels at; providing to Offshore Energy Services and other companies in this industry.”
Thomas said the goal is to have a safe workplace for all employees. “There can be so many things going on at one time in our work environment, so reducing the number of accidents or injuries is the main reason for the high standards of training, which is what they do here (at Safety Eyes).”
Norris said the new facility has given them more room for equipment and training classes. “We get people from George West, Kenedy, Tilden... everywhere.”
Norris said one goal of the training courses is to relay the importance of working as a team. “We have employees from a lot of different companies coming through here,” he said, “and we don’t care which company they work for, our goal is to help them meet their goals and the company’s safety expectations.”
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor and can be reached at 786-3022 or at regional@mySouTex.com.