Way to W.A.T.C.H.


By: Rene Vidrine

Production Technician Brandon Tomlinson recently submitted a near miss W.A.T.C.H. card near Cedar Lake, Texas, as he avoided a potentially serious accident.

Brandon was driving to work on a Monday morning at 6 a.m. while it was still dark and after a rain shower the previous night. As he was driving, he came upon an owl eating in the middle of the road. When he noticed the owl, Brandon started slowing down and honked the truck horn to scare the owl off the road. He did not swerve or slam on his brakes, and the owl struck his driver side rear view mirror. There was very little damage done to the vehicle. Soon after, Brandon called his Danos adviser and notified the safety lead about the near miss.

Brandon's reaction in this situation is a great example to all of us who sit behind the wheel. While our instinct may be to swerve, we know that swerving often creates a more dangerous situation. Brandon did exactly as he should have, and the end result paid off for him. Thank you, Brandon! 


Rene Vidrine

Rene joined Danos in 2006 as a safety specialist. In 2012, he was one of the employees leading the operational efforts in the Permian Basin. Because of these efforts, Rene was named 2015 staff employee of the year. He currently serves as production services operations lead.


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