OWTU Demands that T&TEC Evacuate Powergen


According to Oilfield Workers Trade Union representative, Peter Burke there are a number of safety and health hazards at T&TEC's Port of Spain distribution and Powergen facility following two explosions on the plant last month and he is calling on the Commission to evacuate the workers. 

Burke, while speaking with reporters, argued that in addition to the building having asbestos, the burnt transformer oil and fire suppressant gas at the building, is a possible threat to the workers' health.

He noted that T&TEC's Management has already asked pregnant workers to stay away from the site, a move which he believe is an acknowledgement that the Powergen facility is unsafe. 

According to Burke since 2009 the union had requested that T&TEC relocate the workers but two explosions later he says the Commission has made no effort to protect the health and safety of its workers. 

He is adamant that an air quality testing be conducted before workers return to the site. Burke also claimed that an investigation is yet to be conducted to determine the cause of the explosion at the Powergen Port of Spain plant. 


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