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Infrastructure Department Employee Injured In Backhoe Incident

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A Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport (DIPT) employee sustained injuries in a backhoe incident on Friday in Castries.

Permanent Secretary Lenita Joseph confirmed that the DIPT had received reports concerning the incident at a work site on the Morne.

“This work site was part of the de-bushing and pre-hurricane works currently being undertaken by the department,” Joseph disclosed.

According to preliminary information, she said the boom of a backhoe clearing overhanging branches slipped and made contact with one of the workers.

The P.S. explained that although the worker was wearing a safety helmet, the impact caused head lacerations, and he was receiving medical treatment.

Joseph declared that the Department of Infrastructure takes its workers’ health and safety very seriously and remains committed to complying with health and safety procedures at all its offices and work sites to minimize the risk of workplace injuries.

“We take this opportunity to encourage all other entities engaged in construction or similar types of work to adhere to all safety policies and procedures at their respective work sites,” she stated.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Everyone concern
    Am so sorry !
    The gift of God which money cannot buy :May your injures heal !
    Next time,pray the LORD that nothing may happen to you

  2. Please come to office of Highgrade &. Highgrade Esquire in Cedar Heights VF where our motto is Big or Small we do it all. For a modest retainer fee you will receive life changing advice. (1) Don’t speak to anyone especially the press without the presence of an attorney (2) Admit no wrong doing, yes you were following all workplace safety protocols when the accident occurred (3) yes it still hurts you refuse to go home you have severe headaches and the bells are still ringing. (4) Be aware of Judas from you own family and government (5) demand the preventative maintenance records for that piece of equipment was there any loss of Hydraulic power , was the operator vision impaired ? At what angle was the equipment been used (6) accept no immediate offer from government (7) Don’t return to work unless you get the all clear from a doctor (9) Be anti social for the rest of the year not even church you should go your psychological and seen neurological abilities could affect your case. Lucian’s are bad mined people (10) The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing go to the doctor weekly keep all receipts and medical records safely.

  3. I know that no one agency or person can be perfect but I really see plenty of HSE red flags with works done from that ministry. Road works especially potholing/ patching is rife with traffic mismanagement! Last year I saw an excavator operator with little boy (about 8-10yrs old) cleaning the river at the Caribbean Metals Bridge. I know what I saw and I wasn’t high at that time! Anyways…do better please.

  4. A backhoe is not the right equipment to de-branch overhanging branches. A chainsaw is the right tool. I see this happening too often now where heavy duty equipment just hack off the branches off trees leaving the trees battered and exposed to rot and termites attacks. The trees also look defaced and unsightly like how ‘We Love You’ did it along the La Caye road

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