Smoke at works site leads to airport evacuation

| 03/02/2016 | 5 Comments
Cayman News Service

Steel-framed structure under construction at Owen Roberts Airport

(CNS): Travellers and staff were evacuated from Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) Wednesday lunchtime after smoke was spotted at the site where a new baggage hall building is being constructed as part of the ongoing expansion project. Officials from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) said that the source of the smoke has not been confirmed but it is believed to have come from smouldering insulation material during steel works.

According to a statement released from the CIAA at 12:50 pm today, the airport was cleared after the contractor’s designated fire watchman promptly stopped the work and two fire extinguishers were used to smother the insulation.

The Cayman Islands Fire Service arrived on the scene shortly after but no damage was reported and the CIAA said the construction team’s response was in accordance with its work safety plan and hot works permit, which includes having fire extinguishers near the area as well as the watchman to monitor the works.

“The CIAA also met its safety requirement to have the airport evacuated within five minutes of any incident,” officials stated. “The Airports Authority would like to thank their customers and airport partners for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

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  1. Knot S Smart says:

    All smoke and no fire…

  2. Hun in the sun says:

    Ganja break? A liccle excitement oder nuttin…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Overnight works on this project was the intent of an earlier works program for the project. Perhaps costs are too restrictive now

  4. V1.....rotate. says:

    This work is being done in less than favorable safety conditions. Why can’t this magnitude of construction work be done from 10PM to 6AM when the airport is basically closed so as to alleviate the throngs of passengers that traverse the airport on a daily basis. Cayman, we need to get with the times and pay workers 1 or 2 dollars more per hour and have them work at night.

    • Anonymous says:

      Another expert speaks out! These islands are truly blessed to have so many experts that are quick to share their knowledge.

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