Guyana: The Ministry of Labour has begun investigations into the workplace fatality which occurred at Gafsons Industries Limited, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, Friday, August 26, 2022. Occupational Safety and Health Officer Geetanjali Sookhi commenced an investigation into the fatal accident which caused the death of Cindy Jattan, who was employed as a delivery clerk with the company.
A visit was made to the site, and the investigations revealed that the deceased was fatally injured when a wooden rack which was used as storage for materials and equipment collapsed as she pinned her while she was working.
In extending condolences to the relatives, colleagues and friends of the deceased. Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton is once again reminding all employers and workers of the need for good workplace safety and health practices on the job so that everyone can return safely to their families at the end of the workday.
Investigations are continuing, and another visit will be made to the accident site on Saturday, August 2022.
Earlier, the ministry of labour praised Shane Bishop for his exceptional work as the Managing Director of WB Cleaning and Janitorial Service.
The ministry said that thirty-seven (37) years old, Shane Bishop is the Managing Director of WB Cleaning and Janitorial Service, who, as of April 2022, saw magnificent growth in his business after receiving more than ten employees from the Ministry of Labour, National Jobs Bank that was launched on March 11, 2022.
The young businessman, in a brief interview with the ministry’s Public Relations Officer, related that WB Cleaning and Janitorial Services was established in April 2010 with a very small number of staff. He further mentioned that back in 2010, he and his staff provided services to other small businesses and Government agencies, but things grew slowly.
Applauding the Ministry of Labour for the initiative, Bishop stated that prior to the launch of the jobs bank, his staff number was not more than twenty, and he needed more employees onboard. However, after hearing of the National Jobs Bank, the young businessman got his business registered for free through the CRMA department at the ministry, and thus far, his business has received more than ten employees to date through the National Jobs Bank.
Today, thanks to the added staff, Bishop also expanded his business by adding a Detergent Store to provide his customers with the necessities needed to clean their businesses or homes.
To date, 2324 persons registered on the National Jobs Bank, with 184 employers and 388 jobs listed; between March 11 and July 29, 2022, the National Jobs Bank also secured 134 job placements through the jobs bank platform.