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Ana Marí­a Gómez

COLOMBIA - Industry

Ana Marí­a Gómez

Country Manager, Vertisub

Bio

Ana María Gómez started her career as a business administrator at the National University of Colombia, ranked fifth in admission tests, at the same time working for different companies in areas such as accounting, treasury, and human resources. In 2015, she moved to Bogotá and worked in finance while studying a specialization in finance at the University Externado of Colombia. In 2022, she was appointed Country Manager at Vertisub Colombia SAS after working there for more than four years.

Vertisub’s solutions play a key role in helping Colombian industry meet sustainability and health and safety standards. With Vertisub companies can access global best standards.

What makes Vertisub an expert in risk management?

Vertisub contributes with its more than 30 years of experience in the sector. The solutions we provide, as our slogan says, are “Unique solutions to complex problems in risk environments.” All industries are exposed to risks; manufacturing companies engineering companies, cement companies, refineries, and oil companies. Our core clientele includes steel, mining, construction, horizontal property, wind energy construction, hydroelectric and thermoelectric plants, iron and steel refineries, glass factories, mass consumption production plants, food plants, industrial parks, and locative maintenance. For all risk profiles, Vertisub provides simple solutions for each type of work. Furthermore, Vertisub creates an impact in that we not only solve the problem our clients have, but also train their people to do work in high-risk environments. We boast an important achievement: zero fatal accidents. Additionally, we hold all the strictest international certifications and have already reached more than 5,000 clients and are present in 17 countries. This is a great endorsement to Colombian companies, which can trust and work with us. We ensure that their projects run smoothly and without problems. We ensure projects meet all safety and security conditions, and guarantee an optimal execution of the work.

What is the role of consulting within your services?

We design fall protection programs and are indispensable partners in the design of work-at-heights. We start from consulting and planning to providing the optimum service. Companies tell us, for example, that they need to dismantle a platform, so we show them the program, we explain it to them, we advise them, and accompany them. This is high-risk work that causes anxiety, but we are specialists, and deliver the right solutions.

What makes experience a seal of guarantee for Vertisub’s partners?

We provide viable solutions based on real experiences and experiences in the field. We are not saying we will do it because we believe it is so but because we have done it. That experience carries a lot of weight, and we most likely have already had a similar experience with a similar client in another country, or perhaps even in Colombia, and can, therefore, offer a proven solution.

What role does Vertisub have in helping Colombian industry meet sustainability and health and safety standards and access global best standards?

We hold ISO 9001, ISO 14001, did 45001, ISO 26000 certifications. Based on that, everything we do involves people, companies and the surrounding environment. The repair of a wind turbine blade means working with a company engaged in clean energy and so through repairs, dismantling of assemblies, inspections, repairs we are contributing to environmental issues. We contribute to making the industry in Colombia safer, more viable, and feasible in many cases and, therefore, expand the country’s productive potential.

What potential do you see in Colombia in terms of business development?

We intend to work more extensively in the Eolic sector, now that Enel is set to open a new wind turbine park in La Guajira called Windpechi. Regarding such matters as renewable, clean energies, we are going to support such initiatives with cement, steel and oil companies. Eighty percent of our income derives from high-risk industry, and 20% comes from training people from these companies to do high-risk jobs.

How do you approach innovation and how are you constantly updating yourself to bring Colombia the best practices?

We are venturing into technology, having developed a platform called IVI, where people can receive virtual training from anywhere in the world. We have a practical topic that is a training track with a structure where people are tested on their grasp of the theoretical part. The practical part is essential, and they must know how to put on safety harnesses, hang on, ascend, descend. These skills are internationally relevant. We also work with drones and robots for confined spaces. We often cannot risk or enter because there is no capacity to put someone in a confined space, or else we make use of helicopters for heavy work.

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