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JPS responded to Hamilton Gardens electrocution within the hour, company insists

Monday, June 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is refuting claims that the company was tardy in its response following the electrocution of a 16-year-old boy in Hamilton Gardens, Portmore yesterday.

The JPS, in a statement this evening, while expressing condolences to relatives of Tyrese Winter, said it is concerned about claims that the company responded some three hours after being summoned.

“This is absolutely incorrect,” the power company said, outlining that it received a call at 11:11 am about an electric shock in Hamilton Gardens.

At 11:26 am, the company said it received a call from the police, indicating an alleged electrocution and by 11:56 am its team arrived and conducted the isolation of the circuit

By 12:08pm, the company said isolation or de-energisation was completed to facilitate the fire brigade’s operations.

“This means the company completed its response within one hour, from receiving the first call to completing the operation - and not three hours as was reported,” the company insisted.

At the same time, the JPS said it regrets this loss of life and continues to remind people that power lines should be given a minimum of 12 foot clearance from trees, buildings and other structures


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