TNDC News

2018

12
Apr

TNDC Appoints Safety Coordinator

The Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pardner Payne to the position of Safety Coordinator. In this leadership role, Mr. Payne will work with management, personnel, clients, partners and other stakeholders as TNDC’s health and safety lead, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures and promoting a strong safety culture across TNDC’s operations.

Mr. Payne brings many years of experience in safety, as well as extensive hands-on experience in construction, camps, mining and equipment operation. He has worked on several major resource and public works projects in Tahltan Territory during his career. Mr. Payne holds a certificate in Safety Manager Training from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, as well as certificates in management of hazardous materials and transportation of dangerous goods.

Mr. Payne previously served as TNDC’s Safety Manager from 2004-2006, managing safety orientations, conducting safety meetings and investigating accidents. He also worked with TNDC’s Heavy Construction Division on the Forest Kerr, Red Chris and Willow Creek projects in several roles, including first aid attendant and equipment operator. Additional experience includes roles in Tahltan Territory with Lakes District Maintenance, Galore Creek Mine and Eskay Creek as heavy equipment operator, trainer, welder, bridge builder and first aid attendant. Mr. Payne has training in forestry and is a certified welder. 

“A strong and industry-standard health, safety and environmental program is essential for TNDC to ensure the well-being of our employees, community, clients and other stakeholders. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Payne back to TNDC to this pivotal role. He is well qualified, combining the credentials of industrial health and safety knowledge, heavy equipment operation and an understanding of TNDC’s core business areas. Mr. Payne’s skills and experience will be extremely beneficial to TNDC,” said Peter Arendt, CEO of TNDC.

In addition to the appointment of Pardner Payne as Safety Coordinator, TNDC has retained Allnorth, a multi-discipline engineering and technical services consulting firm, to provide expert support to TNDC’s safety program.

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