Disaster Cleanup


The Gulf Oil Spill began after an offshore drilling platform exploded in April of 2010, resulting in millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf. Aerotek partnered with 12 environmental companies to assist in the cleanup efforts throughout the Gulf region including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastlines.

The Challenge

Aerotek’s immediate challenge was to provide OSHA 40 hour Hazwoper trained technicians to work along the Mississippi coastline, one of the first states to be affected by the oil spill. The long term challenge was tracking the trajectory of the oil to assess additional areas that may be affected.

The Solution

Aerotek created a 50-person project team dedicated to providing OSHA 40 hour Hazwoper skilled technicians. Many of the Aerotek employees selected had previous experience supporting cleanup efforts and/or specifically focused on recruiting OHSA certified technicians.

A candidate delivery structure was established to ensure each individual customer was receiving properly screened employees in the timeframe requested. Aerotek identified, screened and trained more than 1,000+ local employees across four states to assist in the relief. They additionally implemented OSHA courses to train local technicians to support the cleanup.

The Results

Aerotek was able to provide 300 skilled technicians initially and over 1,000+ employees after three months into the project. Aerotek filled an OSHA 40 hour Hazwoper training class of 100 people in two days and placed them on the job site within six days of the class.
Overall 98% of the training classes were filled within 48 hours and 92% of participants received their certifications. By training and hiring local employees Aerotek reduced travel and per diem costs of out-of-state workers. Aerotek kept attrition below 10% and confirmed eligible status of contract workers through I-9 verification and E-Verify, a system administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Skill Sets

OSHA 40 hour Hazwoper skilled technicians