In a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, General Manager ClaraAnne Rippy officially opened TFH Safety Solutions and Consulting LLC for business, accompanied by Hobbs city leaders, chamber of commerce officials, business staff and well-wishing family members.
Located at 921 W. Sanger St., the company is an extension of TFH Tool Rental, an oilfield equipment company that owner Bill Hicks identified as a local mom-and-pop store he started in 1994.
“I started TFH back in 1994. Clara went to work for us about two years ago,” Hicks said. “We got to talking and I noticed she had the ability and the credentials to make this thing work. She was in charge of all our safety, anyway. I decided to send her to all the schools she needed to go to. She’s been to quite a few of them. She’s done an outstanding job.”
Rippy earned designation as a Certified Safety and Health Official and is aiming to for a bachelor’s degree in safety and health from Texas A&M University, with the possible addition of more credentials in time.
“I grew up in a construction family, so safety has always been very important to me,” Rippy said. “I moved to Hobbs to work for Halliburton in 2015, then oil and gas took a tank, so I took a gamble on safety. It kind of found me and I’ve been in love with it ever since.”
Hicks added, “Ours is a little bit different safety company than regular safety companies out there. We’re going to offer some things they don’t and some things they do.”
With a starting staff of four employees, including two bilingual safety trainers, Rippy said her company’s offerings, in addition to standard oil and gas worker safety, will include driver’s education, defensive driving and active shooter training, available for the community.
She also has set up a special course for baby sitters.
“We’re going to do a safe-sitter baby sitting course for any children from 8 years old to 19 or 20, to learn about CPR and how to care for kids,” Rippy said. “It will help the community with some CPR needs. It’s not in the community right now and if they’re home with little sisters or brothers, all it takes is one person to save a life.”
The company’s website, tfhsafetysolutions.com , contains a healthy list of training in standard safety topics from fall protection and hearing conservation to scaffolding and excavation safety.
“We’re going to do lots of hands-on training so everyone can take something home at the end of the day,” Rippy said.
The consultation side of the business, described on the website, includes a workplace walk-through to identify both physical compliance issues and potentially unsafe worker practices.
Presenting the symbolic key to the city, Mayor Sam Cobb told Rippy, “It’s always great to see new young entrepreneurs take part in our community and its growth.”
Before concluding the interview, Rippy said she’s ready to get to the business of spreading safety throughout the community.
“We just wrote out a super-safe series for children to do safety in the household,” Rippy said.