Cleanergy facility in Benguet reaches 1m safe man hours

SAFETY FIRST. Every day, construction workers of La Trinidad Hydro in Benguet begin their operations with a reminder on the use of personal protective equipment alongside task briefing and risk assessment. More than striving for the successful completion of the project, AboitizPower and its partners seek to ensure their workers’ safety at all times.

The 19-MW La Trinidad Hydro power plant, under construction by AboitizPower, has recently reached one million safe man hours without lost time incident since it broke ground in 2017.

The facility, set to be completed in 2019, is part of AboitizPower’s Cleanergy portfolio, its renewable energy brand which also includes geothermal and solar energy sources. This new project reinforces that AboitizPower, together with its partners, is the country’s largest producer of renewable energy from the private sector.

Renato Calderon, Officer-in-Charge of Whessoe Philippines Construction, Inc., one of Hedcor’s partners for the project, said that safety has been at the forefront of their operations since day one.

“AboitizPower is very particular with the safety of our workers for the construction of the hydropower plant. Thus, we ensure that all our workers are given the necessary education on safety prior to deployment,” Calderon said. He also shared that they conduct Daily Safe Task Instruction (DSTI), which includes a discussion on the area condition, task briefing, and risk assessment, as well as reminders on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Chris Sangster, AboitizPower Executive Director for Project Development and Execution, said that this safety milestone is a collaborative effort between AboitizPower and its partners, Whessoe and Alangdeo General Construction.

“This, for us, is certainly a time to celebrate and to congratulate everybody for such a milestone of a million safe man hours. It certainly is a team effort to get to this point. You don’t get here by chance. It takes a lot of planning, control, and discipline,” Sangster said.

Apart from ensuring the safety of workers, AboitizPower and its subsidiary Hedcor have also been giving back to the host communities for their support for the project.

To date, over Php 2 million worth of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives were implemented in the municipality of La Trinidad. Moreover, the hydropower plant project has spurred employment in the host communities. Once completed, La Trinidad Hydro is expected to create more economic opportunities in Benguet.


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