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Falling branch kills T&TEC worker in Tobago

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Police are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a T&TEC employee in Tobago.

Dead is Ahkenaton Quashie 32, of Golden Lane.

According to reports, the incident occurred shortly before 2 pm at an area known as Franklyn in the Village of Les Coteaux.

The T&T Guardian understands that Quashie, a line clearer, was struck by a falling branch during a tree trimming or rigging exercise.

The branch reportedly fell and hit him on his head. He died on the spot.

Quashie, a father of one daughter, was employed with the commission for five years. Meanwhile, in a release yesterday, corporate communications manager Annabelle Brasnell said T&TEC has formulated a team to launch an investigation into the accident.

“A six-member investigative committee, which includes representatives of the OWTU, T&TEC’s Health Safety and the Environment Department and Management, is currently being convened,” it said.

T&TEC’s assistant general manager of Human Resources Jacqueline Cheesman has flown to Tobago to visit the Quashie family and personally express the commission’s regret and condolences.

T&TEC has also committed to extend counselling services to Quashie’s colleagues, particularly those who were present during the incident.

Moriah Police and Scarborough fire officials are continuing investigations.


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