T&TEC investigates coincidental evacuation of POS office
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has launched an investigation into what it deemed a bizarre coincidence involving staff at the commission’s Port-of-Spain office, the Oil Field Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and members of the media.
A statement from T&TEC PRO Anabelle Brasnell noted that it all began around 8:15 am when the emergency alarm at the T&TEC office on Flament Street, Port of Spain was activated.
In keeping with documented safety protocols, employees were to evacuate the building and gather at the muster point at the corner of Park and Stone Streets.
On arriving at the site, evacuated staff were reportedly greeted by a gathering of the leadership of the OWTU and the media, who had been invited by the union one day in advance, to cover a media conference at 7:30 am.
Brasnell noted that members of the media conducted interviews with some employees as they arrived at the muster point. The media conference concluded when the employees were given the all clear by the Fire Service to return to the building—at approximately 8:36 am.
“The apparent coincidence between the emergency evacuation and the planned media conference is strange and of serious concern to the management of the Commission. The incident is being investigated, particularly as it impacted the operations of the Commission,” the statement said.
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