Emergency in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Haugland team members go to "great efforts" to get a lineman working in St. Thomas home to the U.S. upon learning about a family emergency.
Since our work began in the hurricane-ravaged U.S. Virgin Islands, Haugland Group has sent more than 600 workers to help with their power restoration efforts. Members of our staff have personally contacted each of these workers, booking flights, processing paperwork, and answering the many questions that can arise when traveling to do such work. While the length of stay for each worker varies, many have been overseas for several months. Being away from home and loved ones for this amount of time — especially during the holiday season — can be stressful; but when a family emergency arises, the urgency to return home increases, and the prospect of getting there can seem like a daunting task. When Haugland team members stationed in St. Thomas learned of one lineman in such a situation, they acted quickly to get him home as soon as possible. Upon his safe return, the lineman sent us the following note:
“I’m a lineman from local XXXX. I worked with Haugland on the island of St. Thomas for approximately one month. While working, my wife suffered medical issues which warranted an immediate return to my home to take care of my family. To make a long story short, Haugland’s staff made a great effort to get me home to my family that night. The people running your organization on the Island of St.Thomas are really quality people, and care for those working for them. My family and I can’t thank them enough. I will always regard Haugland as a quality company to work for, because the people who run it. Good people are hard to find, especially in line work.”