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Enmore sugar factory death …An independent probe at the Enmore sugar factory that left a worker dead in May has found that the pressure in a steam pipe was almost 10 times higher than it should have been.The pipe subsequently exploded, severely injuring Jainarine “Derrick” Singh.Jainarine SinghAn independent inquiry by representatives of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was launched into the incident.An official close to the Commission of Inquiry has disclosed that there was negligence involved with a steam pipe that should have had a pressure of around 23 pounds per square inch (psi) was instead reading over 200 psi,Cheap Jerseys For Sale, almost 10 times the recommended pressure.Investigations did not find any fault on Singh’s part. The injured man remained in the hospital for a few days before passing away.Official sources could not immediately say if the report laid direct blame on individuals or on GuySuCo.Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry,Authentic MLB Jerseys Online, Dale Beresford,Cheap Huarache Shoes For Women, in a statement last month to Kaieteur News, disclosed that the body has completed its report and it has since been submitted to Paul Bhim, GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer.The members of the Commission were Dale Beresford – Chairman; Seepaul Narine – General Secretary,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, GAWU; Mohamed Ahamad – Rose Hall workers representative; Deodat Sukhu – Industrial Relations Manager, GuySuCo and Sharma Dwarka – Factory Operations Manager, GuySuCo.“The Commission interviewed 12 persons and met for over 50 hours to conduct its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident at the Enmore Sugar Factory and death of Mr. Jainarine Singh, employee of the Enmore sugar factory,” the statement said.Investigation included forensic and safety analysis of the factory.The Chairman also said that the findings and recommendations were submitted for implementation and further action by the management of GuySuCo.The statement did not discuss any of the findings or recommendations.Recently, when questioned, Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, said that he has asked GuySuCo to speedily implement the recommendations.In June, GuySuCo had announced that the Commission of Inquiry would start its work.The 47-year-old Singh had been an employee of GuySuCo for some 31 years at the time of his death. He was employed as a ‘boiler operator’ until he was transferred to the ‘mills and boiler’ section.Initially, he worked at the La Bonne Intention (LBI) location before he was shifted to the Enmore factory.Singh was at work in a section of the Enmore facility that had recently been modified to allow the movement of sugar on conveyor belts to newly-commissioned packaging plant when the explosion occurred.He was struck by shrapnel in the chest and abdomen and had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for medical treatment.He was accompanied by the Health and Safety officer and nurses at Enmore.Singh however requested to be taken to the Woodlands Hospital where he underwent two surgeries for injuries sustained. After his first operation his condition worsened and he began to have difficulty breathing. He was intubated and hooked up to a respirator.On May 23, Singh succumbed to his injuries. He passed away at 17:30hrs that day, just hours after the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) had called for an inquiry into the accident.Immediately after Singh’s death the corporation lost no time in expressing condolences and moved immediately to say that they would be compensating Singh’s family.They also announced an investigation into the matter on that occasion.“The Corporation wishes to state that its Health and Safety guidelines dictate that any incident which results in injury to a worker in the industry must be investigated.As such,Wholesale Jerseys, a team of investigators has already conducted their reviews,Cheap Jerseys, including interviews with the other employees who were with Mr. Singh when the incident occurred. That report will soon be completed.”The Corporation also disclosed that it had decided to assemble another team, inclusive of representation from GAWU, to conduct a separate investigation into the incident.In a press release issued yesterday, the names of the members of that new team were announced along with the disclosure that they had made a site visit on June 14.The release also noted that the establishment of this commission was based on a Memorandum of Agreement between GuySuCo and GAWU and that they had ‘encouraged’ factory workers “to volunteer and give evidence to the investigating team”.
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