Chili – Help employees affected by an earthquakeOn February 27, 2010, an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale shook Chile from its sleep. A tsunami and violent aftershocks made the disaster even worse in the following days. Casualties were heavy with 500 deaths, as well as extensive damage across the country.
While the Santiago plant (Performance & Filtration Minerals South America division) held out during the tremors, many workers’ houses were damaged, with most of them going without water and electricity for several long days.
The unit’s management decided without delay to support its workers in their adversity. In the first few hours food and bottles of water were gave out to meet the basic needs of employees’ families. Moreover, the company bore home rebuilding costs by paying bills for roofers, plumbers and painters. Managers visited the residential areas in person to grasp the situation, weigh up the scope of the work and work with employees to define what repairs were needed.
This support from their employer was particularly appreciated by members of personnel, who were able to return to decent living conditions within a short time.