Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union president Ancel Roget has renewed his call for Paria Fuel chairman Newman George, general manager Mushtaq Mohammed and terminal operations manager Collin Piper to step down to allow a fair investigation in the death of four divers.
During a press conference on Friday, he slammed Government’s decision to allow Paria executives to stay in office while the investigating committee under Shiv Sharma begins its probe.
Roget said, “If it is determined that the management system failed or they had no policies in place, then keeping them on the job will be wrong. Because they can influence having the investigation go one way or another, having them on the job will taint the fairness of the investigations.”
He said the committee must enquire whether a job safety analysis, risk assessment, proper drills and rehearsals and response procedure planning were performed before the job was executed.
He said the investigation’s objective is to find out what happened and put things in place to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Roget said, “I want to tell the minister that he has started off wrong. If there is to have fairness or the appearance of fairness, you must remove these managers.”
The five-member investigating committee will be appointed next week and they will have 45 days to present findings.