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Dec 13, 2017

Residents Were Warned, Contractor Says; Damages to be Assessed

While Belize Roadway Construction is not accepting liability for damages caused by the explosion, the company is reaching out to residents of the Santa Cruz community in an effort to mitigate the financial impact of the tragedy.  Through the services of attorney Rachel Juan, victims of the massive blast are being asked to assess damages to homes and other properties, before turning in their invoices to her office.  According to the company lawyer, residents were informed of the exercise ahead of time and a team of policemen was on the ground securing the area prior to detonation.  BRC, says Juan, is insured by RF&G and that company has been notified of the action taken in the wake of the disaster.

 

Rachel Juan, Attorney for Belize Roadway Construction Ltd.

“They are the primary contractors for roadwork with the Government of Belize and apparently they had subcontracted their blasting work to be done by Tiger Aggregates Limited, with the late Ronald Sutherland who had over thirty years experience with dynamite blasting for quarrying and the like.  All steps were taken, they had relevant permits which was the subcontractor, Tiger Aggregates Limited and the entire community which was in the outreach of the explosive were given information to be inside their homes or not outside, to remove some of their vehicles that were close by and that relevant information.  Police were on site, they were approximately about seven police who were cordoning the area which would have been within the range of the dynamite.  But as it is there was a human error and there was a loss of human life.  BRC does have insurance with RF&G and they have informed RF&G of the situation, however, there is a period within which we need to collect the information such as invoices through the owners losses and what their estimates are and this is going to be given to the insurance company, you know.  Whether the insurance company will assist this year, next year or however close is unknown to my client, however, they wish to mitigate the loss in this entire situation and they have outreached to me since this is within an area that I do my legal practice.  So I’ve been retained to receive invoices and to address the reasonable payment out to these persons.  And the company, my client, will not be going to physically and directly fix a roof but they will be paying out so that these roofs are fixed within the closest time as possible as they can provide their invoices.”

 

Attorney Rachel Juan can be reached at her law office in Unitedville at cell phone number 671-0085. There’s also word that NEMO will be assisting persons affected by the explosion.

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1 Response for “Residents Were Warned, Contractor Says; Damages to be Assessed”

  1. anna belo says:

    Just because residents were warned of the explosion happening most certainly does not mitigate the fact that residents were hurt and homes were damaged. I feel most certain that the local people did not expect rocks flying through the air ! Glad to see that the company is taking an up front effort to assist.

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