Leigh and Pat at the airport
Just before Christmas, Pat and Leigh met Laurent, CamCat’s preferred contractor for building the wells and latrines in Cameroon, in the capital Yaoundé. Sandrine and Didier, Pat’s sister and brother-in-law, were also there, so it was quite a convivial occasion!
The discussions went much better than those in Bertoua in June. Laurent seemed particularly impressed that Pat and Leigh had come to Cameroon specially to see him and so was very amenable and co-operative over CamCat’s Health and Safety concerns in digging the wells and latrine pits.
Pat explained that CamCat wanted to collaborate more closely with Laurent, and put in place a framework agreement for the construction of future wells and latrines and other projects. The purpose would be to achieve cost savings on individual projects, improved quality and safer methods of working and, possibly, new innovative construction methods.
Laurent responded positively to the importance of implementing good Health and Safety procedures for the safety of the workers, and also to avoid the consequences of litigation and losing his own business.
He was happy to co-operate with CamCat’s objectives and recognised the importance of promoting himself as a safe Contractor to expand his business in the future. As far as safer methods of excavating hand-dug shafts were concerned, he said he would try to follow CamCat’s guidelines –it was clearly in his interests to do so, both for his own peace-of-mind and to avoid legal proceedings if anything untoward happened to his workers, visitors to the site, the public and the users of the facilities.
To this end, he would be happy to provide a detailed Works programme, regular progress photographs as the works were being carried out (more frequently for critical stages), and would especially welcome attendance by an experienced and competent supervising engineer for such critical stages.