Labour Minister expresses sadness at death of J’can farm worker in Canada

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is expressing “deep sadness” at the passing of Garvin Yapp, a 57-year-old worker, who participated in the Ministry’s Farm Work Programme in Canada.

According to a release on Tuesday, August 16, Yapp, who hails from Tangle River District in St James, was a 35-year veteran of the programme. Circumstances surrounding Yapp's death are still being investigated however, it is understood that he died in a work-related accident on August 14.

The Ministry of Labour described Yapp as an employee who was held in high esteem.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda, who, along with the Permanent Secretary, Colette Roberts Risden, are currently touring farms in Canada, spoke with Yapp’s widow by telephone on Tuesday afternoon. The Minister expressed his condolences and assured her of the Ministry’s continued support.

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