Larry, a welder with 30 years experience in the UA pipe fitters union (Local 401), is a man in high demand at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Having worked at OPG through various contracts since 1990, Larry has established a reputation as a “go-to person” when complex weld work needs to be completed. And he’s been busy putting those skills to good use in the Darlington Refurbishment project.
“I take pride in my work,” Larry said. “I just enjoy working in the trade, and the people around me.” Performing weld work at the nuclear station is no easy task. It means working in a cramped environment for five to six hours on your knees, belly or back, all while wearing the required personal protective equipment, which includes a plastic suit, gloves, and a welding hood.
Larry doesn’t let that kind of high pressure get to him though. When he’s not at work, the resident of Kingston spends time woodworking and finding ways to keep his five-year-old grandson busy.
“I really enjoy the quality of the work and the people I work with. Everyone is really professional, top-notch,” he said.