Contractors get safety update at workshop

| 25/07/2018 | 0 Comments
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Attendees at the contractors workshop

(CNS Local Life): More than 100 people recently attended an annual contractors workshop, hosted by the Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), which offers updates for local contractors on best safety practices and how to follow guidelines when working near CUC equipment and around electricity.

Now in its fifth year, the workshop is aimed at ensuring that local contractors are kept up to date on the latest safety measures which CUC has implemented to protect its employees and the public and to encourage their feedback on best practices around safety.

Representatives from 20 local organisations and companies attended the workshop, including the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Flow, Water Authority Cayman, and the National Roads Authority, stated a CUC press release. Many businesses got the chance to speak with suppliers from North America as well as local vendors who showcased their products and services and updated contractors on the safest available protective clothing.

Joni Kirkconnell, manager of CUC’s environment, health and safety department, said of the forum, “The main message behind the contractors’ workshop is to get as many people as possible aware of the hazards that are associated with working near or within proximity of electrical components.

“The more people that know about the dangers, the less likely it is of having an incident. So it’s really not just to keep our employees safe and our assets protected, but also to look out for our brothers and sisters that are working in the industry.”

CUC health and safety specialist, Patrick Bush, spoke about some of the subjects discussed at the workshop, the press release said. “One of the topics was the use of rumble strips for traffic control because we had a recent near miss where a couple of our employees were subject to potentially serious injury by a vehicle running through our work zone,” he said.

“So we were pursuing some traffic-control devices that would help us make a better safer environment for our employees. We thought this was important to share with the rest of the employers on island to help them control their work zones so it can be safer for their employees.”

The annual workshop is aimed at ensuring that local contractors are kept up to date on the latest safety measures which CUC has implemented to protect its employees and the public and to encourage their feedback on best practices around safety.

For more information on safety, visit the CUC website

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