Skyport celebrated Safety Week with Aecon on October 5– helping to mark the 13th Safety Week with a special event at the site of the new airport terminal.
Frank Ross, Executive Director, Infrastructure, Aecon Construction, says: “Safety on the construction site of the new airport terminal is everyone’s responsibility, from the leadership to front-line employees. We are pleased to have created a fun way to highlight the importance of safety at Aecon by celebrating our first Safety Week here in Bermuda.”
“By ensuring that everyone is aware of their safety responsibilities, as well as the potential hazards and best practices, we can ensure everyone returns home safely each day. Our employees are our greatest asset, and it is our duty to ensure their wellbeing and to create a safe and sustainable workplace, said Aaron Adderley, President, Skyport.”
Skyport and Aecon employees, as well as contractors and sub-contractors working on the construction of the new airport terminal. The presentation started with Don Brophy, Senior Vice President, Major Projects Group, addressing the crowd. Mr. Brophy spoke on the importance in Aecon’s first Core Value of Safety First, risk tolerance and some of the safety opportunities that have been done on the project.
Then workers attended a screening of “Toolbox Talk” - a video presentation given by John M. Beck, the Chief Executive Officer of Aecon. This presentation covered the topic of risk tolerance and human error. Following the presentation, a new safety poster, which will be displayed around the construction site and offices, was unveiled by Conor Smyth, Senior Project Manager and Scott Bell, Health and Safety Manager.
Attendees were treated to a lunch to celebrate and were given a gift as a token of Aecon’s appreciation of everyone’s commitment to working safely.
Aecon prides itself on its commitment to safety and has made ‘Safety First’ their number one core company value. The company has an exemplary record with a strong focus on best practices and continuous improvement.
Aecon’s achievements in workplace safety have been recognised by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award, presented for their work on the Quito Airport in Ecuador. They have been recognized as industry leaders in safety with the National Safety Award by the Canadian Construction Association in 2013 and the Safety Excellence Award by the National Capital Heavy Construction Association in 2016.
The construction of the new airport terminal is expected to take 40 months to complete and will be finished in 2020.
The redevelopment of L.F. Wade International Airport is being implemented under a Government-to-Government framework agreement between the Governments of Canada and Bermuda. In terms of the agreement, Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited will oversee the overall development and implementation of the project, and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), through a subcontract to Aecon, will deliver the construction component of the project. More updates about the L.F. Wade International Airport redevelopment project can be found on the Bermuda Government portal at www.gov.bm and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BermudaSkyport.