Concerns Raised After Works Ministry Worker Gets Injured At A Job Site Along The North Coast Road

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Concerns Raised After Works Ministry Worker Gets Injured At A Job Site Along The North Coast Road

There is a claim from Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudy Indarsingh, a workman with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Nirmal Dass, suffered severe injuries while on a Ministry jobsite.

It is alleged the Ministry has failed to report the accident to the Occupational Health and Safety Agency.

Dass is employed with the Highway Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport (Beetham Stockpile).

In this incident, Mr Dass was on a worksite along the North Coast Road in the vicinity of the Maracas lookout.

Its revealed a team consisting of a foreman, a supervisor and a labourer were on site to clear bamboo which fell across the road and causing blockage to traffic.

It is understood the labourer on site attempted to use a chainsaw to cut the bamboo but it is also alleged the Ministry failed to have a chainsaw operator present.

Mr Dass – who was a driver- was requested to hold up the bamboo to allow the labourer better access while cutting.

After endeavouring to do so, the chainsaw slipped and the active blade made contact with Mr Dass, cutting into his flesh and damaging his hands.

Dass was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital for emergency surgery.

He wants the Ministry of Works and Transport to advise whether it is true that no chainsaw operator was present.

They must also verify whether it is true Dass was asked to hold the bamboo, and whether it is true that such a function was not part of his official duties.

Further, the Ministry, is being asked to advise as to whether this accident has been reported to OSHA and when.