Group Achieves a Collective 100% Pass Rate
Eighteen (18) Tahltan members, including eight (8) TNDC employees are now ready to work in confined spaces and traffic control after completing training arranged by TNDC in preparation for the 2018 work season. TNDC contracted health, safety and security training provider DOMCOR to deliver Confined Space Safety and Traffic Control Person training in Dease Lake in April.
TNDC operates in a remote region, which means that industry training is not readily available. Bringing training to the community assists TNDC in building a flexible and multi-skilled workforce. Extending the training opportunity to Tahltan members aids in expanding their skillset, which benefits industry and TNDC business partners.
“Ensuring that our employees have the knowledge and training to carry out their work safely and to industry best practices are top priorities for TNDC. Having a roster of trained employees enhances TNDC’s qualifications for contract bids in our heavy construction, road building and maintenance division, while also ensuring compliance with provincial occupational health and safety regulations,” says TNDC’s CEO Peter Arendt.
Combining classroom discussion and skill-based training, the Confined Space Entry Awareness & Basic Rescue course helps workers identify confined spaces, understand and assess the risks and hazards, take steps to protect themselves and others, and develop the ability to initiate and conduct non-entry confined space rescue. Participants learned hazard identification, assessment and control, incident response regulatory requirements for entry and rescue, first responders’ roles and responsibilities and limitations of standard and specialized confined space equipment.
The Traffic Control Person (TCP) Certificate Program included several courses. The TCP course covered the responsibilities, regulations and standards, hazard identification and assessment, traffic control devices, and work zone setup and maintenance. The advanced courses addressed Supervisor Responsibility, Risk Assessment Training, Two-Way Radio Procedures, Road Hazard Awareness, Crew Talk, Violence in the Workplace and Lane Tech Training. A practical skills exam tested knowledge in setting up and removing a work zone.
“The rescue component of the confined space course was most interesting. We learned safety watch responsibilities, how to prepare a rescue program and the lifting-assist devices used in rescue. Our knowledge was put into practice with a rescue scenario at the end. In the traffic control program, I found the Supervisors Skills for Safety course, delivering a crew talk and lane closure technician (for high risk traffic control and lane closure) courses the most insightful for my position,” says Pardner Payne, TNDC’s Safety Coordinator, who participated in both training sessions.
DOMCOR reported an impressive 100% pass rate on both training courses. Participants were tested and received completion certificates for each course. The courses were led by qualified professional instructors, combined theoretical and practical teaching, and met WorkSafe BC, Occupational Health & Safety and BC Construction Safety Alliance regulations.
We worked with TNDC on the Galore Creek mining project and the Northwest Transmission Line, providing heavy lift helicopter services. It made good business sense to get involved with the Nation, so we formed Tahltan Helifor Joint Venture in 2011. After meeting Bill Adsit, I knew we had made the right decision. We have had only positive experiences and look forward to continued collaboration.Gary LaidlawPresident & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.Ivor MacGregorVice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
We established the Tahltan Macro Industries Joint Venture with TNDC in 2009. Macro is very satisfied with the relationship we have with TNDC. The company has a reputation of being a solid and reputable business corporation, that emphasizes value added partnerships and business developments. We look forward to working with TNDC in future opportunities.Darcy FriesenManager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries
We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.Clem Pelletierformer CEO, Rescan Group
TNDC is a great place to work. The atmosphere in the office is friendly, open, and honest, and there is always humour and laughter. I like that TNDC maintains an active approach of hiring locally and offers training within that position. Employees are highly encouraged and supported to advance professionally, which ripples into advancing personally as well.Rhonda QuockFinance & Administration Manager, TNDC
Ledcor recognized the benefits offered through the Tahltan’s local expertise and experience, and welcomed the opportunity to involve community members in projects. We established Tahltan-Ledcor Joint Venture back in 1991 when we managed construction on the Eskay Creek mine. We value the partnership with TNDC and look forward to the opportunities ahead within Tahltan traditional territory.Rodger McLeanPast Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor