Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, August 21, 2019) – FortisTCI recently trained 106 contractors and key members of their staff across the Turks and Caicos Islands in a series of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) workshops. The training seminars ensure that contractors working with FortisTCI understand and comply with the company’s Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems (EHSMS).
Participants completed various courses in CPR and First Aid, incident and accident reporting, working in confined spaces, working at heights, forklift operations, spill control, energy control procedures, fire extinguisher use, waste management, security control, business continuity management, housekeeping, waste management, and ethics. Contractors who completed the training were awarded a ‘Safety Passport,’ which gives them the approval to work on FortisTCI jobsites.
Training workshops were held on Providenciales on June 25 and 27 and again from July 16 to 17 for 72 contractors. Training sessions on the sister islands were held thereafter on July 19 and 22 on South Caicos for nine contractors, on Grand Turk from July 25 to 26 for 15 contractors, and on North Caicos from July 29 to 30 for 10 contractors.
The EHS Department and members of senior management at FortisTCI led the series of training sessions. Instructors included Vice President for Grand Turk and Sister Islands Allan Robinson, Grand Turk Operations Manager Neil Allen, Senior Project Engineering Consultant Michael Polonio, Senior Director of Financial Operations Catherine Munsayac, Director of EHS and Line Operations Dave Laing, Director of Plant Control Alvejes Desir, Manager of ISO Management Systems and Business Continuity Sharon Alli-Jose, Manager of EHS Marcus Francis, Senior EHS Coordinator Eustace Musgrove, and Work Methods Specialist Walter Wilson.
FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, "Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is paramount at FortisTCI. There is no greater commitment we must have to work in the electricity industry. Thanks to the work of our EHS Department and the commitment of our employees and business partners, we live a health and safety culture that is a part of everything we do. Our commitment to training and education in this area and the policies we have established is a further pledge to operating with excellence in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our focus on health and safety extends beyond our doors at FortisTCI, and I commend and congratulate all participants who completed the recent EHS workshops."
Contractor and workshop participant Oneal Delancy spoke about his experience and said, “FortisTCI is making an important contribution in providing EHS training for contractors, who can improve their work methods not only while working with the company but can use this knowledge for the benefit of their own business and their employees. Ultimately, this training will have a lasting value for local business and the construction section.” Also speaking about the training, contractor Henry Handfield said, “The training was very informative and a great help to us. I am revisiting projects that I have done in the past and implementing the new things I have learnt.”
FortisTCI operates within international best practices and is an ISO 14001:2015, 45001:2018, and 22301:2012 certified company.