The Department of Employment
Relations recently hosted a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Workshop for
construction workers, managers and safety officers.
The workshop, which was attended by
25 people, is a legal requirement for individuals working in the local
Employment Relations Senior Labour
Inspector Gene Hydes, one of seven Occupational Safety and Health
Administration authorised trainers in the Cayman Islands, said the requirement
was part of the Labour Law.
“We therefore require that
construction managers and safety officers complete the 30-hour course,” he
said. “However because the knowledge is beneficial, we encourage all persons
working in the industry to at least complete the 10-hour one.”
The course covered key areas such
as fall protection, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, materials
handling, and scaffolding safety.
Workshop participant Kristin
Butler, a foreman for Cayman Concrete Pumping, had done the course in the US
before, but completed the workshop as a refresher.
“It keeps you on your toes and
helps you recognise potential hazards,” she said. “Once you become more aware
of these things you can’t help but look out for the safety of your crew by
sharing your knowledge with them.”
Andro Group’s Eddie Powell said the
course was relevant
“It highlighted many areas we too often take
for granted and made me more aware of safety and health issues,” he said.