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The oil and gas industry is one that serves a significant part of the global economy as a source of energy and employment. While the sector ranks high among the best employers, the working environment and the nature of product increases the risk of incidents. In fact, the industry leads in the number of workplace incidents that seems to have attracted scrutiny from regulatory bodies. As oil and gas exploration activities increase, oil companies are keen on establishing accident-free stations.

The need to improve safety in the oil and gas industry saw a myriad of suppliers coming to fill the safety niche. While some date back to more than a century ago, Pelican boasts of 40 years of producing high-quality protective gear and portable lighting systems. The company’s products find high preference among professionals working in the most challenging environments such as firefighting, aerospace, military, manufacturing, entertainment and life sciences.

In 1976, Dave Parker and his spouse formed Pelican that operated from their garage in Torrance California. Being a seasoned scuba diver from the age of 11, Dave saw the need for developing high-performance flashlights and firm waterproof cases. He was determined to give a product that would last longer and give higher performance than any other offers in the market. After weeks of hard work and days of trails, Pelican secured a patent for the first products, the Pelican Float. Two products SabreLite Flashlight and the protector cases followed.

With high-performance brands, the firm faced increasing demand for the products, which contributed to growth. In 2004, an Equity company Behrman Capital acquired Pelican and appointed Lyndon Faulkner as the new CEO in 2006. The manager came with a wealth of experience having worked at Microsoft Corporation, hence spurred the new entity to great heights. Having succeeded in the first merger, the firm embarked on an offensive growth strategy that saw it expands to other continents through acquisitions. Several sales offices sprung across the globe with manufacturing facilities established in regional headquarters.

The largest acquisition occurred in 2008 when Pelican purchased the closest competitor Hardigg industries. The addition almost doubled pelican’s operations making it the largest in the market. By 2011, the company continued the expansion mission and set up sales centers in Israel, South Korea, Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. The moved served to increase market coverage for the already in-demand products.

Having made several acquisitions and market expansions, the firm embarked on product diversification to achieve growth. In 2012, a broad range of consumer goods was launched with similar features of quality and resilience. The new products featured LED lighting tools, Pelican Elite Coolers, portable device covers for leading phone brands, Pelican Backpacks for the outdoor adventure seekers. As if not enough, the year 2014 saw the introduction of the Pelican Voyager cases for IPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 edge.

In further diversification, Pelican launched a line of products that featured temperature controlled travel cases. The company bought the industry leaders for the temperature controlled shipping units Cool Logistics and Minnesota Thermal Science. The entity integrated both firms to form Pelican Bio thermal; the largest temperature controlled shipping case maker in the world. Recently, the company created three independent divisions to serve the separate markets. The segments include commercial, Bio Thermal and Consumer.

As the oil wells get deep, workers have to bear with confined working spaces, slippery surfaces, cold temperatures and blurred vision in the dark stations. Electricity connections come in handy towards improving the lighting but are not sufficient to view the hidden areas. For this reason, portable lighting gadgets remain the ultimate solution to the rigging crew as they lower the risk of falls while improving efficiency. It is the entry to the flashlights and headlamp product line that saw the oil and gas safety supply stock Pelican’s products. Some of the products include:

Focus control headlamp

When it comes to working in the oilrigs and refineries, work at height is a common duty for the technicians. Projects range from electrical installations, pipeline connections and maintenance that might occur at any time. Some may happen at night or in poorly lit corners making hard to access without the Focus control headlamp. If you are working on a suspension, the gadgets make it possible to view the blurred areas without slowing you down.

Whenever you do not need the lights on, the motion sensor makes it possible to switch off the light by waving the hand. You can still use the system with your hard hats as it fits on the PPE. The lightweight gadget comes with an adjustable strap that lowers the need for custom-made devices for the crew.  Users can adjust the beam to suit the workstation, with the large push button allowing them to operate with the gloves. The hardhat clips keep it in one position with the water resistant features making it suitable for offshore rigging.

Pelican VB3 Led Clip Light

Despite the growing need for safe working stations, not all tasks require hard hats. For instance, management tasks and office tasks do not expose the crew to dangerous situations. In such areas, you people are likely to use casual caps to cushion against the cold. Others might not use caps but have to meet the set PPE requirements for the industry.

Any task that requires higher visibility needs a super bright lighting device like the Pelican VB3 Led Clip Light. The gadget features a dual LED beam that makes it easy to view tiny parts located at different angles. With thirty hours of run time, it lasts long enough for the crew to complete the shift without interruptions. The pivot heads ability to revolve about 180 degrees makes it easy to clip at different parts of the PPE.

Pelican Mitylite 1965 LED flashlight

With heavy machinery and pipeline connections involved, it is hard to wish away the possibility of oil leakages. In fact, oil and gas leaks remain the primary cause of slips, falls and fire explosions in the workplaces. While you could view the leaking substance, identifying the points can be difficult in poorly lit factories and pipelines. Pelican Mitylite 1965 LED flashlight makes it easy for technicians to see the cracks and hence facilitate timely repairs and maintenance.

The safety approved lighting system comes with a built-in pocket clip that lowers the need to hold when doing the tasks. A reliable rotary switch eliminates the possibility of self-switch-off that would interrupt the crew. With 21 lumen of LED beam and 4 hours of run time, you are rest assured of seamless view of the parts involved.

Pelican 3315 Flashlight

Regardless of the area of exploration, the level of darkness in the rigs demands high-performance lighting systems. The standard lighting system facilitates joint activities with some operations Pelican designed the Pelican 3315 Flashlight with 113 lumens of super bright LED beam. The safety approved lighting gadget stands comes with three AA batteries, with the compact design allowing easy fit on the helmets.  You may opt for an independent lighting system or the optional helmet might that comes as an individual product.

Pelican 2690 Headlamp

While most users are looking for high-quality flashlights, most fail to realize the need for varying light intensities for the tasks. However, Pelican provides flashlights with varying lighting capacity and different runtime. The Pelican 2690 Headlamp is a great addition for the oil and gas sector as it gives 11 hours of run time and 74 lumens of light. It is not only lightweight but also chemical and impact resistant enhancing its durability. It comes with a heavy-duty rubber strap that holds it on the hard hat.

Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder