Chief Fire Officer says NiQuan failed to report fatal fire

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Chief Fire Officer says NiQuan failed to report fatal fire

Chief Fire Officer Arnold Bristo says it is quite concerning that the TT Fire Service was not apprised by NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited over what transpired at its Pointe-a-Pierre plant last Thursday.

In a GML report, Bristo said the company never reported the fire which led to the loss of life of Allanlane Ramkissoon.

Bristo said all fire-related incidents, including death by fire, must be reported to the Fire Services,

He said the failure of NiQuan to alert the Fire Service when the accident occurred makes it harder for them to assist in a probe of the matter going forward.

Bristo added that an investigation after the scene is cleared makes it more difficult.

But shadow Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh, said this further intensifies the call for a thorough investigation by OSHA into this very tragic accident.

He said if the Government is not willing to uphold health and safety in the public and private sectors, then it’s best we abandon the OSH Act,” Indarsingh said.

Indarsingh said this latest development also further intensifies his suspicion of an attempted cover-up.