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Sep 16, 2019

The N.T.U.C.B. Weighs In on Fatal Civic Centre Incident

The National Trade Union Congress has weighed in on the loss of life at the Civic Center. Two workers plunged to their death from a scaffold inside the facility where they were working on the installation of insulation. The two, Orlington Stuart and Roque Jimenez, were not wearing any harness on Friday. Four others were injured in the fall. N.T.U.C.B. states that all employers owe a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe environment in which to work each day. It states that preventable incidents reinforce those known facts, reasons and evidence which validate the need for occupational safety practices at all work places. The N.T.U.C.B. says, “What seems to be an apparent disdain for basic employee safety procedures and standards has resulted in an irreversible heart-rending occurrence. This we consider very troublesome and highlights the need to abolish existing carefree norms that fail to exercise every reasonable precaution to eliminate preventable accidents.”  Earlier today, News Five spoke with President Marvin Mora.

 

Marvin Mora

Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“It appears there were not really safety measures to be adhered to. those safety measures are what would actually prevent these types of situations from ever occurring in a workplace. In this particular scenario, if there was some sort of safety measure, you would have a harness; you would also have regular inspections done on scaffolding and the bracing for those scaffolding to ensure that those are safe enough for people to work on them. So it is lot more than just the gears that they wear.  We are really saddened about families having to face the situation; they have lost their loved ones and nothing that we do or nothing that anybody else does will be able to replace these persons and their lives. But more than that, it is also loss of income and sustenance for a family and more than one family in this instance. And this is not the only case Duane. There have been many cases like this and the media doesn’t get to report on all of them. We have people who get hurt on a daily basis at the worksite and at their workplaces so it is far more than that. For us, the Occupational Safety and Health might not be able to cure all, but it is a set of laws that will allow us to prevent them from happening. And that is why the N.T.U.C.B. has been pushing and insisting on both the Government of Belize and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry to move the process forward.”


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