Labour Ministry probing death at artificial island


Rusbel Jesus Rengel Azocar, a 36-year-old worker from San Felix, Venezuela, died in an accident at the artificial island and shore base at Vreed-En-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) at around 18:40 hrs Saturday.

According to a release from the Ministry of Labour, Azocar was employed by subcontractor, Gas Total Solution Inc.

Based on reports received from the company, the Labour Ministry said Azocar was engaged in the task of placing a barrier around a hole with water on the southern half of the site’s quay wall. During the process, he fell into the hole.

Eyewitnesses alleged that Azocar was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his fall, despite a mandate to wear the jacket on the quay wall to prevent drowning, the ministry noted.

The quay wall slab demolition works have since been suspended, the release further noted. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Vreed-en-Hoop Shore Base Inc said Police and immediate family were informed after the accident occurred. Work at the facility has also been suspended.

“Vreed-En-Hoop Shorebase Inc. regrets this unfortunate loss of life and offers the family its condolences and support,” the company noted.

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