On 20 March at a project site in Taiwan, there was an unplanned release of a CO2 fire suppression system in an electrical room. This release and the work going on in the electrical room was in no way associated with Exyte or our work. However, when they became aware of the incident our Mr. Chen Shao Zhang (Len) and Mr. Wilson Soh immediately responded to the scene and went into action. Len put on a breathing apparatus and went into the electrical room and assisted in the recovery of an individual who had been overcome by the gas. Wilson posted himself in the corridor and coordinated the activities of the other responders and secured the area to ensure no unprotected personnel entered the unsafe areas.
All persons impacted by the CO2 release eventually fully recovered. Had it not been for the quick and selfless activities of these two Exyte employees, the outcomes could have been very different. I was proud to recognize the behavior of these two men in front of their project team when I recently visited the site. For me, their commitment to Safety was clearly demonstrated by their quick actions and not in any way hindered by questions about whether the work area was ours or the effected personnel were Exyte staff. Their actions were solely and purely in the interest of Safety and quite possibly saved lives. I have never been prouder to shake the hand of two men who truly represent our IFW motto of Safety Every day for Everyone!
Well done Len and Wilson and thank you for being safety heroes on 20 March.
Mark Garvey, President Asia-Pacific-Region