Labour Ministry probing fatal incident at Vreed-en-Hoop supermarket

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The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department of the Ministry of Labour has commenced an investigation into a workplace accident that left 22-year-old Sudesh Charran dead. The fatality occurred on November 4, 2021, at the F&R Supermarket, Stelling Road, Vreed-En-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.

Senior OSH Officer  Maxean Bess visited and investigated the accident site, and thus far it has been revealed that Charran, a labourer, of Lot 3964 Westminister, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was employed by Mohamed Zakir at the F&R Supermarket for over four years.

According to Khan, at around 16:05 hours on the day in question, the company’s driver was transporting goods in minibus GZZ 3362 to the supermarket. The now dead man was offloading the truck. He further stated that he told Charran not to walk under the lift after which he ventured inside the supermarket.

The driver claimed that while he was inside the supermarket, he heard a loud noise and he observed the metal lift on Channan. He then shouted for help alerting employees and members of the public who ran to his assistance in an attempt to remove the lift from Charran’s body.

Meanwhile, a Police report stated that the metal lift fell from the upper flat of the supermarket and pinned Charran to the ground. As a result, workers rushed to his assistance and used a piece of wood and jack, and removed the metal lift from off of him. 

They then managed to pull the victim out but by this time he was motionless and a large wound was seen to the top of his head. Police ranks were summoned to the scene. The injured man was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

 

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