Safety should be ev­ery­one’s pri­or­ity

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

We were quite taken aback when we read a re­cent col­umn by Michael Jo­hansen pub­lished in The Tele­gram, Labrado­rian and Aurora (“Nal­cor be­dev­illed by un­wel­come vis­i­tors,”) in which the writer ba­si­cally en­cour­aged peo­ple to put their life at risk and, in do­ing so, also risk the safety and lives of oth­ers.

In our view, Jo­hansen’s ar­ti­cle en­cour­aged mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic to breach the Muskrat Falls con­struc­tion site with the in­tent of dis­rupt­ing site ac­tiv­ity.

This has se­ri­ous safety con­se­quences and is a vi­o­la­tion of the law.

First, Nal­cor’s No. 1 pri­or­ity in all our op­er­a­tions is safety — the safety of our em­ploy­ees, work­ers, con­trac­tors and the gen­eral pub­lic.

Sec­ond, most, if not all, large in­dus­trial con­struc­tion sites have re­stricted ac­cess for the same rea­son — to pro­tect peo­ple from in­jury and pre­vent fa­tal­i­ties.

Nal­cor is not “be­dev­illed” at the ac­cess breaches at site; we are gen­uinely con­cerned for our work­ers and th­ese in­di­vid­u­als.

At the Muskrat Falls site, no admittance signs, se­cu­rity gates and a court-im­posed in­junc­tion are in place for one rea­son — safety.

A per­son wan­der­ing onto a con­struc­tion site is not only risk­ing their safety, but they can dis­tract work­ers who are com­plet­ing highly skilled and haz­ardous ac­tiv­i­ties.

Th­ese work­ers need 100 per cent of their at­ten­tion on the task at hand and dis­trac­tions such as site breaches of this na­ture could have se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

Cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties at the con­struc­tion sites in­clude reg­u­lar blast­ing, the op­er­a­tion of large in­dus­trial equip­ment and drilling op­er­a­tions.

Th­ese are ac­tiv­i­ties which carry high risks to in­di­vid­u­als not prop­erly ori­ented or trained.

Per­sons on site re­ceive ex­ten­sive safety ori­en­ta­tions and are ex­pected to fol­low de­tailed safety pro­to­cols.

When some­one breaches the site, their safety can­not be as­sured and it could re­sult in tragic and dire con­se­quences.

Nal­cor has also posted safety sig­nage along the Churchill River to warn the pub­lic of the life-threat­en­ing risk the haz­ardous site ac­tiv­i­ties may cause to them­selves and oth­ers if they en­ter the con­struc­tion site.

We im­plore peo­ple to re­spect site ac­cess lim­i­ta­tions.

We have al­ways re­spected the right of peo­ple to ex­press their opin- ions re­gard­ing Muskrat Falls or any other as­pect of our op­er­a­tions.

Our com­pany must con­tinue to pri­or­i­tize the safety of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als and we ask me­dia and opin­ion­based columnists to help us do the same.

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