Winair wins cleanup award at the airport

POSTED: 08/6/15 6:50 PM



St. Maarten – The Foreign Object Debris (FOD) prevention awareness campaign at Princess Juliana International Airport continued this month with debris-removal walks and inspections.

This year marked the fifth anniversary of the campaign with activities in June and July.

One of the highlights of the awareness month is the FOD Boss Award, which recognizes an organization that exhibits a year-round commitment to promote debris awareness for a safer work environment. The winner of this year’s award is Windward Islands Airways International (Winair).

This month there were two walks and a weekly selection of airline representatives to carry out runway inspections with the operations department during various periods of the day. The program included a weekly selection involving all airport stakeholders such as caterers, cargo operators, and ground support services, to assist with debris removal and apron cleanup.

“We also have a simulated training presentation program that includes show and tell and demonstration of various systems, and a display of the operations sweeper vehicle and pick-up stick for the removal of wildlife,” operations manager Michel Hyman says.

The airport’s rescue and firefighting department has been functioning as a support group, giving a demonstration of the use of the Jaws of Life and the truck for the removal of debris like fuel and gravel.

“The participation from the users and staff was overwhelming,” Hyman stated. “We received a lot of feedback on our presentations, causes and how to rid the work environment of debris. One of the presenters, Mukesh Elenora, a senior staff member at Arrindell by Signature, went beyond our expectations to develop a video on how to control and properly dispose of debris. This video was shown during the awareness session and was well received by all.”

The awareness campaign began with the traditional walk in which flight crews, mechanics, bus operators, fuel agents, cargo handlers, counter and gate agents, security officers, airlines and handlers, managers and representatives, SXM Technical, the firefighting department, and the airport operations team participated.

Presentations focused on continuous safety training for everyone with access to the airport’s operations area. “The mission is to expound on the importance of debris prevention,” Hyman said.

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