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Field Safety to Service: Troy Thacker

With experience on both sides—the investor and the “invested”—Troy Thacker comes from the PE world and has more recently been serving stints as CEO of environmental services companies, one a major provider of services to upstream oil and gas companies and the other a firm claiming to be the world’s leading safety services company. Thacker was CEO of R360 Environmental Solutions Inc. (Houston, TX), operator of 26 waste treat­ment and recycling facilities in Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, when it was sold to solid waste management company Waste Connections, Inc. (The Woodlands, TX) in October 2012.

R360, which was backed by four PE firms, had been “reviewing a variety of options, one of which was to go public,” Thacker tells EBJ. In the natural course of looking for an exit strategy, “the option to do a transaction with Waste Connections made a lot of sense for us, for them, and for the customer base. It was a really ter­rific deal for all involved.”

In July 2013, Thacker was appointed CEO of Houston-based Total Safety, a provider of industrial safety and compli­ance services operating from 141 offices in 20 countries. Since late 2011, Total Safety has been a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, a PE giant that has invested more than $45 billion in over 675 companies around the world.

Indeed, “the sponsorship by Warburg Pincus was a big part of my decision to join Total Safety,” Thacker says. “They are a well-respected and large private equity firm, with intimate knowledge of our in­dustry and our goals, and they have very deep pockets.” Total Safety “was well-capi­talized from the start, and it was given a war chest to pursue more growth oppor­tunities. We have substantial dry powder in reserve.”

The acquisition by Warburg Pincus was “a banker-run process” that included evaluations of both financial and strategic buyers, according to Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety’s senior vice president for strat­egy, marketing, and corporate develop­ment. “We did not look at the S-1 option, and we’re still not going to go public,” he adds. “The strategic buyers were involved, but the financial buyers presented a more attractive package.”

With Warburg Pincus’s backing, Total Safety’s growth strategy will be aggressive but with a conservative capital structure, according to Thacker. “We’ll balance our organic growth and investments in green­field opportunities and capital equipment with merger and acquisition opportuni­ties. We’ll be conservative on debt versus equity, with deals involving a combination of the two.”

Warburg Pincus “allows us to run the business,” says Thacker. Put another way, “we’ll make returns for them by building our business and not through financial en­gineering.”

In terms of acquisitions, Warburg Pin­cus “will be involved in the larger oppor­tunities we’ll be looking at, but the smaller opportunities will be identified and pur­sued by our internal management team,” says Schueppert. “If we need to access additional capital on the capital markets, they have the depth and breadth to assist us.” With regard to actual deals, “we are having a broad array of conversations and hope you will see us getting pretty active in the next 12 months,” he notes.

As for an exit strategy for Warburg Pin­cus, that’s open-ended, says Thacker. “If we build a great business, the exit strategy will make itself known in the future. Our focus is and will always be growing a great company.”

Source: Environmental Business Journal


Blakeman & Associates Partners with Total Safety

Blakeman & Associates, a premier ISNetworld® consulting firm, has joined forces with global safety giant Total Safety to provide clients with the best services in the industry.  The combined experience and knowledge of these two firms will offer an unparalleled package of safety and contractor compliance to an international client base.

Safety Service Solutions for the Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, Refinery, Chemical, Petrochemical, Power Generation & Industrial Markets

Montgomery, TX and Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

Blakeman & Associates and Total Safety are bringing together their consulting experience to offer customers a more complete package of services and products. Blakeman & Associates can now offer Total Safety’s online respirator medical evaluation questionnaire and Blakeman & Associates can now provide a managed ISNetworld® compliance solution for Total Safety’s clients.

“We are always looking for new opportunities that will further our clients’ safety services,” says Bob Williams, CEO of Blakeman & Associates. “Total Safety’s Rapid MEQ® testing, an OSHA approved online medical questionnaire for employees, fits a need our clients asked for and a new partnership was created.”

Stenning Schueppert, a Senior Vice President of Total Safety, is also looking forward to offering more services to their clients around the globe. “ISNetworld® compliance remains a challenge for some of our customers and we are proud to offer them a trusted resource to tackle that compliance hurdle. Blakeman & Associates has a stellar record of assisting customers with their online contractor compliance – a service many clients are looking to outsource,” stated Schueppert.

Blakeman & Associates will feature the RapidMEQ® testing on their redesigned website starting Monday, April 15th. The confidential questionnaire can be completed online, saving companies the time and cost of sending their employees to an offsite licensed healthcare provider.

Blakeman & Associates guides small and large companies through the startup process with systems like ISNetworld®, PEC Premier, PICS and BROWZ and offers an annual maintenance program for maintaining compliance with these systems.

“Together with Total Safety, we will be able to bring a level of service to our customers unparalleled in the industry,” said Williams. “We see the needs of our clients changing and we have developed new services and products for our current and future clients.”

About Blakeman & Associates: Blakeman & Associates is a Montgomery, Texas based company that offers a wide range of safety, environmental, DOT, recruiting and human resources consulting services to clients all over North America. They have provided total compliance and business solutions to thousands of companies over the last 25 years. For more information about Blakeman & Associates, contact them at 936-582-2900, visit their website or email them at info(at)blakemanandassociates(dot)com

About Total Safety: Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. Selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies,” it operates from 142 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

**Neither Blakeman & Associates nor Total Safety are in any way endorsed, sponsored, approved by, or otherwise affiliated with ISNetworld®.

Total Safety Featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Update

Total Safety was recently featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Report. The report analyzes some of the most prevalent issues impacting strategic acquirers in the current M&A climate. To gauge the environment, AxialMarket compiled information and insight from its netowrk, a survey sent to over 4,000 corporate development professionals, and a series of interviews with leading corporate development professionals from across a variety of industry verticals.

A few highlights from the report:

  • It seems that the sluggish M&A activity from the past few years has experienced a marginal uptick. 72% of surveyed Corporate Development professionals would describe the current M&A environment as “moderate.”
  • To evaluate deals in this still-difficult environment, deal professionals rely on a combination of financial and nonfinancial factors — most notably culture and fit.
  • Looking to the future, 62% of those professionals believe that deal activity will increase. The increased activity could be a result of the gradual economic recovery, increasingly available debt facilities, and PE dry powder.
  • 88% of corporate development professionals expect to make at least one acquisition in the next year.
  • Although PE dry powder could help stimulate M&A activity, it could also mean serious competition for strategic buyers and corporate development offices. 88% of survey respondents believe dry powder will increase competition for strategics.

To download and view the report, visit the AxialMarket Blog.

Ready, Set, Goal!

By Jill Jan, Special Operations, Total Safety

Do you remember a time when you wanted something so bad you could taste it, like that new stereo system, that new sports car, or even that promotion at work?  More often than not, when individuals set their minds to achieving something, they more than likely meet their goal and even exceed their own expectations.

For the most part, goals are fairly easy to set.  However, sometimes putting them into action is a different story altogether.  For some, implementation is a very challenging task.  And being able to tackle implementation head-on is sometimes the only way to overcome this challenge.

According to Webster’s dictionary, a goal is a specific objective you and your team must achieve, and a plan is the blueprint for achieving these goals.

Believe it or not, studies have shown that people who write down their goal(s) along with a written action plan have a 51% chance of achievement, as compared to those who don’t write down their goals, have a 43% chance of achievement.

First things first.  The first essential step is to clearly establish your goal(s).  When you know what you’re navigating toward and what you’re doing, you’ll be more motivated to do a better job.  Having this information at your fingertips will also allow you to set meaningful goals, which is a lot easier than you think.

Additionally, the importance of proper and strategic planning plays a large role in the success ratio of goal achievement.  To aid in being successful, Seeds of Success lists three important steps to goal achievement.

Step 1:  Prepare your plan outside the situation.  A purpose without a plan is as good as a dream.  Planning is a simulated exercise and requires learning from anticipated expectations.  Starting to plan right in the middle of the situation is not proper planning and defeats any purpose of planning, including the utilization of time and opportunity to make the most out of resources and ensure success.  Know what you want to achieve before planning and work out your strategy to actualize it.  After all, Noah didn’t start building the ark when he encountered the flood.

Step 2:  Make your plan fit for you.  Planning is all about knowing what’s coming and strategizing an arrangement to handle it.  It’s one thing to make a plan and it’s another thing adapting to it.  Plan because you are organized, not because it is necessary.  You know what it is you have to achieve and probably have a preliminary plan in mind of how to get there.  Remember, your plan is your guideline to achieving your goal.

Step 3:  Build on your plan.  To implement your plan, you must strive to execute it.  There is no such thing as a perfect plan.  But in doing the right thing, you can strategize a practical plan that would bring forth the expected results.  Specify the goals and roles of team members.  Communication is critical in this stage of the process.  You must ACT upon your plan:

A – Accept it as your guideline when you have thoroughly accessed its potency;

C – Commit to it and comply with it; and

T – Take significant, disciplined steps towards its implementation, get the right counsel, and build your team.

Planners know what to do; executors know what to do next.  Remember, only a fool goes into a battle without a plan.  Battles are not won by strength alone or military capability, but with strategy and careful planning.

Careful planning allows you and your team members to become more productive, ultimately resulting in more satisfied customers.

Don’t let your goals fall by the wayside.  Deeply desire the goal or resolution.  Visualize yourself achieving the goal.  Make a plan for the path you need to follow to accomplish the goal.  Commit to achieving the goal by writing down the goal.  Establish times for checking your progress in your calendar system.  And regularly review your overall progress.

Make great strides toward your goals.  Focus on how it will impact you, your team, and the entire company.  Maintain an open mind.  And continually make that stretch to complete your goals on time and with the most efficient means.  As Total Safety’s bottom line is continually increasing because you’re meeting your goals, employees become more productive, and customers become even more satisfied.  What more can you ask for?  It’s a great package all bundled into one.

Careful goal setting and planning are the keys to achieving results and to making an individual a successful leader.  Just remember, goal setting is a great tool that can turn your goals into a plan, and your plan into reality.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel Barker

Hazard Recognition for Turnarounds

By John Baker, Total Safety Certified Industrial Hygienist

These are the “Top Ten” most frequently cited OSHA standards for the past year:

  1. Scaffolding
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Hazard Communication
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lock Out/Tag Out
  6. Electrical, wiring
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Ladders
  9. Electrical, general
  10. Machine Guarding

Let’s take this list of OSHA standards and translate it into the actual hazards and how to recognize them in the workplace to prevent accidents and ensure compliance. What should you look for to prevent the top ten OSHA citations during turnarounds?

Scaffolding is the most frequently cited standard, followed by fall protection. We must be sure that each scaffold has a current, daily inspection tag, proper handrails and toe boards, and is erected on a level, firm surface. If a scaffold is more than four times taller than it is wide, is it secured to keep it from tipping over? Fall protection for construction is required for working six feet or more above ground level. Are your anchor points strong enough? They must hold 5,000 pounds for each person attached to them. Are your harnesses inspected prior to every use to be sure that they are free of defects? Where are floor and wall openings – are they guarded? Where are holes that tools, parts, aerosol cans or hot material could fall through? Are they covered and marked?

Do you have all the Material Safety Data Sheets for the welding rods, paints, adhesives, abrasive media, catalysts, and are they reviewed in everyday language by the supervisor before the craft people use them? Are containers labeled with the name of the contents and all warnings?

Has a lock out/tag out system been set up for each area where energy must be neutralized to allow safe work? Are there alternative pathways for electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or any other sort of “stored energy” to activate equipment?  Can you confirm that all these alternative energy sources been locked out?

Electrical wiring must be inspected to be sure it is free of nicks, kinks, frayed insulation and that the plugs ensure a good ground connection. OSHA requires 3 wire cord sets, not “ribbon” 2 wire cords. Excessive use of cords should be avoided and temporary wiring should be securely fastened every 10 feet and protected from physical damage. Are conduit fittings and junction box covers securely attached and breaker boxes and panel covers closed? Are there enough ground fault circuit interrupters available and have they been tested to make sure that they will work when needed. Are electrical outlets overloaded? Never force a circuit breaker to stay on as this could over draw an electrical device and cause a fire.  OSHA considers 600 volts or more as “high voltage”: make sure that any exposed live parts are guarded and posted with warning signs forbidding unqualified personnel entry or access. Assume that all overhead power lines are energized and keep at least 10 feet away from them.

Have all the appropriate people had forklift driving training? Are inspections done before each work shift when the forklifts or other industrial trucks are used? No one should be riding on the forks or anywhere else other than in a seat with a proper seat belt.

Are ladders inspected to be sure that rungs and steps are free from grease or oil, and joints between steps/rungs and side rails are tight? Are all hardware and fittings securely attached? A portable ladder should be angles so that its base is one-fourth of its working length from the vertical and at least 3 feet should project over the landing to be accessed.  Ladders must not be placed in boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to get additional height. No one should be standing on the top step of a step ladder. A rope should be used to raise or lower loads. Nothing should be carried in the hands while climbing a ladder.

Machine guarding in the shops is as important as the more visible hazards in the process units. Have existing guards been modified or removed? Rotating shafts and tools; saw blades, grinders, and other equipment with unprotected points of operation should have guards, interlocks or some means of keeping hands and body parts out of danger.

These are just a few of the most common hazards to look for related to the top 10 OSHA citations.  See how many more you can find at your job site. These tips are just the tip of the iceberg!

For more information about occupational hazards, feel free to contact us at 888.44.TOTAL.

Houston-Area Webb-Murray Offices Relocate to One Central Office

Webb-Murray, a Total Safety company, relocates to 4210 Malone Drive, Pasadena, Texas, 77507Webb-Murray, a Total Safety company, is now at a new location. Our new facility will house our locations formerly in La Porte, Pasadena, Clear Lake and Baytown, Texas.

New Address:
4210 Malone Drive
Pasadena, TX 77507
Business: 281.291.4800
Fax: 281.218.4990

Webb-Murray provides the necessary services to ensure reliable operation at the lowest total cost throughout the life cycle of your fire protection system. Look to Webb-Murray for complete project engineering and design, procurement and supply, installation, commissioning and FAT testing, training, inspections, repairs and modifications, and technical support.

As always, look to our experts at Webb-Murray for exceptional service, proven techniques and certified expertise that meet your needs.

Webb-Murray Wins First Place at GBRIA’s 2012 Contractor Safety Excellence Award

Webb Murray, a Total Safety Company, Wins First Place at GBRIA Safety Excellence AwardsNominated by Marathon Petroleum Company in Garyville, Louisiana, Webb-Murray, a Total Safety Company, won first place in the Medium Technical Support Contractor category. Given for commendable safety performance as an industrial contractor, the award conveys strong support by GBRIA members of contractor safety performance.

GBRIA recognizes that contractors have the primary responsibility for execution for on-site safety while working together with plants and construction project owners to ensure a safe workplace.

About Webb-Murray
Acquired by Total Safety in 2011, Webb-Murray is a recognized leader in risk management, fire protection and safety systems design, installation, testing and inspection services for industrial markets. The company’s core services include process fire protection engineering, design and installtion services, as well as the inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems.

About Total Safety
Total Safety is the world’s leading provider of industrial safety service solutions to the Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, Refinery, Chemical, Petrochemical, Power Generation and Industrial markets. Total Safety’s goal is to provide high-quality safety solutions and products in a measurable, cost-effective manner, without compromise. The company stands behind the promise it makes to each customer – providing safety service that works while helping clients protect lives, property and the environment.

To learn more about the GBRIA Safety Excellence Awards, visit

Warburg Pincus to Acquire Total Safety

Total Safety, the premier global outsourced provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions to clients operating in hazardous environments, today announced that Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Total Safety from DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and it is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011.

About Total Safety
Total Safety, based in Houston, Texas, is the world’s leading global outsourced provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them. As the world’s leading provider of safety solutions, Total Safety provides services and products to support: on-site safety, turnaround safety, gas detection, respiratory protection, rescue, safety training, fire protection, safety compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, and engineered system design. It operates from more than 105 locations in 13 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety, please visit

About Warburg Pincus
Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm. The firm has more than $30 billion in assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 125 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is a growth investor and an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 13 private equity funds which have invested more than $35 billion in over 650 companies in more than 30 countries.

Since inception, the firm has invested approximately $7.5 billion in consumer, industrial and services (CIS) companies including past and current investments in Aramark, Polypore, Safetykleen, Scotsman Industries, Survitec Group, TransDigm Group Inc. and Transpacific Industries.

The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mumbai, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Shanghai. For more information, please visit

About DLJ Merchant Banking Partners
DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (DLJMB) is a leading private equity investor that has a 24-year record of investing in growth capital opportunities, leveraged buyouts and related transactions across a broad range of industries. DLJMB, with offices in New York, London and Los Angeles, is part of Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business. In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including alternative investments such as private equity, hedge funds, real estate and credit, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals.

Total Safety Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Total Safety Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
Paul Tyree, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Tyree has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Total Safety.  In his new role, Paul will be responsible for the global operations of the company.  Consistent with the company’s strategy to reach new geographic markets, he will be leading the effort to expand Total Safety’s presence worldwide.    

“Paul has proven himself to be an effective operating executive and has led the remarkable growth of our North American operations since he assumed the leadership role for this division” said David E. Fanta, CEO.

Mr. Tyree joined Total Safety in 1996 and has served in various sales and operations roles.  Most recently, Paul was responsible for the company’s North American business as Senior Vice President.

Total Safety Donates $20,000 to Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America

Total Safety Donates $20,000 to Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America
From left to right: Dennis Turnipseed, CFO of Total Safety; Sal Viscontini, HSE Director of Valero; Paul Tyree, VP, North America of Total Safety

Total Safety was pleased to present the Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America with a check for $20,000 on March 31, 2011. Altogether, the Bay Area Scouts, with the help of The Texas Friends of Scouting, raised approximately $128,000 to assist the boys with building new facilities, purchasing uniforms for less privileged boys or those who want to be a Scout but can’t afford the entry fee and creating fun activities that instill values in the boys.

The HSE Director at Valero Texas City Refinery contacted Total Safety and asked if we would help the cause. In addition, Total Safety purchased two tables at the benefit breakfast and contacted some of our key business partners to buy a seat at one of the two purchased tables.

Donations were made by Amerex, BIC Alliance, Brown & Brown Law Firm, BW Technologies by Honeywell, Enterprise, MSA, Pinnacle Industries, Polarblast, Portagas, and Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucceleri LLP.

Thanks to all of those who helped make this possible!

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.