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Body of worker killed in accident brought back for funeral

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Body of worker killed in accident brought back for funeral

Body of worker killed in accident brought back for funeral

More than a month after Allanlane Ramkissoon died at a hospital in Colombia following an explosion at the NiQuan Energy Trinidad plant, his body has finally been returned to this country for final rites.

In a release issued yesterday, Massy Energy Engineered Solutions Ltd (MEES), the company Ramkissoon worked for, said his body was brought back to Trinidad yesterday.

The company said it “continues to support Allanlane’s family and is assisting with funeral and other arrangements”.

It also said it continues to participate in ongoing investigations to determine and understand the cause of the tragic incident.

Ramkissoon’s widow, Sarah, has hired attorney Martin George and has written to both NiQuan and MEES seeking compensation as well as information about the accident which eventually claimed her husband’s life.

Speaking with Guardian Media yesterday by telephone, George said they are continuing to press for answers. “As attorneys we continue to liaise with Massy Energy and also with NiQuan and we have sent them response letters last week whereby we requested further information, we requested details of the investigations thus far,” he said.

George said they requested copies of all preliminary reports.

“We also wrote to OSHA seeking information as to the status of their report and any information they can provide so that we could find out the root cause of this accident. At this point it appears that both Massy and NiQuan have started pointing fingers at each other and it is the grieving widow who is left caught in the middle and we are determined that we should pursue this matter until she finally gets justice for the death of her husband in this industrial accident,” George added.

On June 15, Ramkissoon, a pipe-fitter employed at MEES, suffered severe burn injuries while conducting preparatory work for planned maintenance on the NiQuan plant. He was first taken to West Shore Hospital where he underwent surgery to stabilise his condition before being flown to a burn facility in Colombia. He passed away, two days later, on June 18.

Since then, NiQuan has been hit with a prohibition order from the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) which stopped operations at the Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant in Pointe-a-Pierre.

In addition, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) said it is investigating the incident.

Body of worker killed in accident brought back for funeral

By: Rhondor Dowlat

Guardian Newspaper Trinidad and Tobago

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