Earthquake Evacuation Drill at BBVA Bancomer Tower in Mexico City

September 21, 2015

?The Turner team managing construction of the Torre BBVA Bancomer project in Mexico City recently held a Safety Stand-Down, completing a 1,500-person earthquake evacuation drill on the anniversary of Mexico City’s devastating 1985 earthquake. 

“The results of this year’s drill clearly demonstrate the success of our project training programs,” said Carlos Molina, safety manager for Turner in Mexico, praising the Turner team, the workers, and the public agencies both directly and indirectly involved, and celebrating an improvement in the efficiency of the evacuation. “We reduced last year’s time from 17 minutes to just five minutes.”

The drill, which required broad coordination with the police, the fire department, and emergency medical services, as well as activation of the City’s Public Warning System, included inspections and a shut-down of all major building utilities and services, and the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from the 50-story high-rise.

In addition to providing valuable practice and an opportunity to stand down for safety, each year the drill serves to commemorate the tragic loss of more than 5,000 lives and the damage and destruction of more than 3,000 buildings around the city.

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