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Workman dies in pipe-laying accident

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

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A workman was killed and seven others injured when a pipeline they were repairing in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine suddenly exploded.

The dead man was identified by co-workers only as 'Molly' of an address in Excelsior, St Catherine. The seven other injured workers were reportedly being treated at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The incident occurred after 10:00 am. Police report that the workers were carrying out repairs to the Tulloch Springs, Rio Cobre pipeline when water rushed suddenly from the line causing an explosion that flung Molly and other workers several metres from where they were standing. 'Molly died on the spot, while the others were rushed to hospital.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the scene yesterday, the expression on the men's faces spoke volumes to the horror they experienced. One worker stared blankly, but later reassured those around him that he was fine and did not need medical attention.

"I am OK," he said. "It's just that my friend died."

Last night, the National Water Commission (NWC) said that work had been suspended in the area. The NWC said that the work was being carried out on the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Springs Water Supply and formed part of "the phased restoration of the Rio Cobre Water Supply System. It involved the decommissioning of the old pipeline and commissioning into operation of a new replacement pipeline close to Caymanas Estate.

— Tashauna Taylor

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