Mexico trains on natural gas safety
MEXICO - Ameren Missouri provided city employees in Mexico Tuesday with safety training on how to properly handle broken pipelines or to excavate around pipelines to avoid gas leaks.
Public Works employees often dig underground while repairing sewer lines, cleaning storm ditches or installing signs. The training included safe practices when responding to pipeline damage, recognizing gas leaks and how to dig properly and backfill around pipelines.
There were about 20 people at the training, including employees from multiple departments. Mexico's Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety, and Administrative Services were all at the training.
Mexico Public Works Director Kensey Russell said, "We have struck and damaged a gas line with our work. It's important to know what to do and who to call."
Russell said, he wants his employees to be professional and trained so that "The public has confidence in us."
"This is the first time in five or six years that we have actually held something like this, on site," Russell said.
The employees are usually exposed to the training through other programs.
Russell said the winter season is a good time to have training because they usually do maintenance work rather than major projects.
Moving forward, Mexico Public Works doesn't have anything planned anytime soon, but it has other workshops throughout the spring.