09.21.16 / Safety

Teamwork helps apprentices stay safe on the job

On some construction worksites, asking for help might be considered a sign of weakness. Not so at FortisBC construction sites, like our Tilbury LNG expansion site where hundreds of tradespeople have been employed, like Clyde Adams.

The Tsawwassen resident learned about work opportunities with the expansion project from the Tsawwassen First Nation human resources department, leading him to learn a new trade as a warehouseman with a very safety-conscious team.

You’re never alone if you ask for help here… everyone looks out for each other. I had zero experience in my trade when I started, but I’ve had mentors walking me through everything.

Clyde Adams Tilbury LNG Expansion project apprentice warehouseman

“We use the ‘Green Hat’ program,” says Travis Jones, a general foreman on the Tilbury project, and Adams’ supervisor. “Those who are new on site wear a green sticker on their hard hat. It’s a visual way for craftsmen who’ve been here longer to identify those who may need help.”

Jones encourages his team to point out dangerous work practices. “If they see someone doing something that could be unsafe, they’ll help them see it and suggest another way.”

Although Adams has only been an apprentice for eight months, he’s already at the forefront of the Green Hat program: “It’s safety first for him,” Jones says. “He’s one of those people who lead by example.”

While at Tilbury, Adams has worked his way up from level four to level two apprentice, taking time off every 500 hours to take a training course. His goal is to get his Red Seal, a Canadian certification that means he’s completed his trades training. Adams says he’s been fully supported to pursue his career goals while working on the Tilbury LNG Expansion project

“When it’s time to take a course, you’re not only allowed to take time off, it’s encouraged—and you don’t lose your place on site,” says Adams. “Everyone wants you to advance."

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