Disaster

OSHA launches investigation into fatal explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) has launched an investigation into Tuesday's truck explosion which claimed the life of Phillip Ramlochan. 

The revelation was made by Minister of Labour Jennifer Baptiste Primus in the Senate on Thursday.

She said the investigation was initiated on Tuesday June 4th.

Baptiste-Primus informed the Senate that this was in keeping with their mandate laid out by the OSH Act to investigate workplace injuries and fatalities. 

One dead as vehicle bursts into flames in Penal

One man is dead and another one critically injured when a truck contracted with Massy Energies burst into flames in Penal Rock Road. 

Phillip Ramlochan of Oropouche died while Drig Paul is being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital after the back of the oil tanker exploded. 

The incident occurred around 8:15 am at Haggard Trace, Penal Rock Road.  

Police said the men were working near an oil well in an oil and gas mining zone when Ramlochan opened the tanker and it exploded.

Biker dies in crash

Mo­tor­cy­clists were ex­pect­ed to turn up at the crash site in South Oropouche last evening where vet­er­an rid­er Robert Seales died on Sun­day night.

A re­port stat­ed that around 10.30 pm, Seales, 47, of Mon­trose, Ch­agua­nas was rid­ing along the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion. As he tried to ride around the round­about at the Shore of Peace cre­ma­tion site, he crashed in­to a con­crete bar­ri­er.

His body was thrown off the mo­tor­cy­cle and stopped sev­er­al me­tres away. Fel­low mo­torists rushed across to help, but he was al­ready dead.

EMA to probe La Brea chemical fire

While in­ves­ti­ga­tors say yes­ter­day’s mas­sive fire at Kaizen En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices did not re­sult in in­jury to work­ers or dam­age to prop­er­ty, there are con­cerns about the harm­ful ef­fects to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) is ex­pect­ed to vis­it the waste-treat­ment fa­cil­i­ty in the La Brea In­dus­tri­al Es­tate to­day to de­ter­mine whether the com­pa­ny’s op­er­a­tions ad­here to its Cer­tifi­cate of En­vi­ron­men­tal Clear­ance.

Elderly man drowns at King's Wharf

The body of a 69-year-old man was recovered this morning at King’s Wharf in San Fernando.

Guardian Media has learned that Harry Samaroo of Phillippine was among a group of people who went for a swim in the waters off King’s Wharf, on Tuesday.

We were told Samaroo swam further into the water but did not return.

Police were contacted, and a search was mounted.

His body was recovered at around 7:35 a.m. Thursday by a relative.

 - Bavita Gopaulchan

Man goes for midnight swim after argument and drowns

A midnight swim after an argument has lead to one Diego Martin man losing his life.

Ricardo Chinnon, 58, of Term Drive, drowned in Chaguaramas early on Tuesday.

Police were told the Chinnon went into the waters off the Boardwalk at around 12:30 am, moments after having an argument with a relative.

As he swam further out he reportedly got into difficulty and his relative lost sight of him.

He then resurfaced in the shallow water of the bay.

When it was realised he was not breathing, emergency services were called to the scene.

Swissport worker dies in vehicular accident

A Swissport worker at the Piarco International Airport is this country's latest road fatality statistic.

The toll now stands at 51.

Rudra Sookdeo, 40, of Coalmine in Sangre Grande died instantly when a vehicle crashed into him while driving along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway on Monday morning.

The driver of the other vehicle was charged on Monday afternoon for driving under the influence of alcohol after a breathalyzer was administered to him at the hospital.

9 homeless after Sando fire

Nine people have been left homeless as fire gutted a two-bedroom house in Mon Repos, San Fernando Wednesday afternoon.

Police suspect arson as the cause of the fire.

Eyewitnesses say a man was seen running away from the scene soon after the fire started.

No one was at home at the time.

This is a developing story and we will have further updates.

Three escape death as vehicles go over Tobago cliffs

Three per­sons—two men and a woman—es­caped death when the ve­hi­cles they were dri­ving plunged over precipices in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents over the jazz week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to Di­vi­sion­al Fire Of­fi­cer David Joseph- Thomas, on Sat­ur­day morn­ing in Belle Gar­den, Kim­ber­ly Lord of Belle Gar­den was trans­port­ed to the hos­pi­tal in an un­con­scious state af­ter the ve­hi­cle in which she was dri­ving went over a precipice.

Venezuelan boat that overturned on way to T&T had mostly women

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is yet to confirm the truth of reports that several Venezuelan nationals have gone missing at sea, after the boat they were in capsized en route to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to an article published today by Venezuelan news site Noticia Al Dia, 33 people disappeared at sea after a boat which travelled from the town of Guiria to T&T sank near The Bocas off Trinidad's west coast.

The article further stated that only the boat's captain and another passenger were rescued in an offshore area known as Boca de Dragon.

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