Following two deaths, Port Chairman Vows to Enhance Health and Safety Measures

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Senator Mary Claire Hurst, who serves as the Port Chairman, extended condolences to the families of two port workers who tragically lost their lives recently.

The victims were identified as Denroy ‘Waka’ Harrigan and Leandro Payano.

Senator Hurst also mentioned Mr. Javier Alcantara, who is currently in the thoughts and prayers of the port community.

Senator Hurst spoke about the unfortunate incidents that occurred at the port, emphasizing the need for improved health and safety measures.

She acknowledged the dangers inherent in port operations, recounting incidents where workers suffered severe injuries, and in some cases, lost their lives due to accidents.

To address these concerns, Senator Hurst revealed that the port has taken decisive steps to prioritize health and safety.

A notable initiative includes the employment of a compliance health and safety manager. This newly appointed officer is tasked with ensuring that all health and safety rules and practices are strictly followed by all port operations.

The Port Chairman highlighted the challenges faced in enforcing these safety measures, particularly in a small society where individuals may attempt to bypass regulations. Senator Hurst expressed frustration with those who, due to personal connections, seek special treatment and disregard safety protocols.

She warned that the port is a dangerous environment, and non-compliance with rules could result in serious injuries or fatalities.

Referring to a specific incident where a truck backed up on a worker, Senator Hurst emphasized the importance of adhering to safety guidelines. She described how a lack of compliance can lead to avoidable accidents, stressing the need for a change in attitude towards safety protocols.

Senator Hurst made it clear that the port administration is taking these matters seriously. She warned that “Heads Will Roll” if health and safety protocols are not followed, underscoring the gravity of the situation and the determination to prevent further tragedies.

The port community awaits further developments as the new health and safety manager takes charge and implements measures to prevent future accidents.

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