Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Family members of the stevedore who died in a tragic accident Thursday afternoon on the Castries wharf say they have no information and are seeking answers in relation to his death.

Wilson Joseph, 54, is reported to have been ‘squeezed’ by a 40 foot container while a vessel was being loaded.

“Presently, we have no information forthcoming,” says his sister, Ketra Joseph.

She told St Lucia Times that the family has been ‘torn into pieces’ by the incident and wants to know what really happened.

“The wait seems to be like – so long; so we’re just hoping that there is closure,” the sister explained.

Joycelyn Daniel who says she grew up in the same community with the deceased and considered him family, described the deceased stevedore as having been a very quiet individual.

“To his work and back home – never in trouble,” Daniel recalled.

She told St Lucia Times that she was shocked and shaken by news of the death.

Aldrick, who identified himself as a co-worker, described the deceased as a ‘good guy’ who had never been in any trouble.

“A very nice guy,” he explained.

Members of Parliament on Thursday afternoon  stood and observed a moment of silence for the deceased stevedore after Labour Minister, Stephenson King raised the matter before making his presentation to the 2019-2010 appropriations bill.

In a statement Thursday, the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) confirmed ‘an incident’ aboard the MV Baltis Klipper berthed at the Castries Seaport at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

“Mr. Wilson A. Joseph, a stevedore employed by Winfresh for banana loading ,was taken to the Victoria Hospital via ambulance where he succumbed to his injuries,” according to the statement.

It noted that the matter has been handed over to the Crime Investigations Department (CID) of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the Port Police Department.

“Vessel and local agents are assisting with the investigations,” the SLASPA statement said.




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  1. “It is better to remain silent at times.”
    The loss of life is extremely sad, one thinks of the people that feel pain from this loss.
    The need for a company to issue a press release to say that questions should be directed to the contracted company is cowardice and irresponsible.
    It is necessary for any company contracting another company to supervise and ensure that the company contracted operates in a manner that is representative of how they function.
    Saying that questions should be directed to the contracted company shows that your only concern is to not be blamed.
    Both should be reviewing what occurred and how to eliminate the chances of it recurring in the future. This is not the time to be in denial or cast blame.

  2. Saddly this is the habit of SLASPA not to say a word.Somebody is to blame,this incident is the first one in many years.When loading a ship all stevadors work as a team.The crane operator is in constant comunication with the loading on the deck of the ship,how did he get crushed?

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