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Collapsed roof halts work


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Collapsed roof halts work

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A SECTION of the ceiling in the fish processing department at the Bridgetown Fishing Complex collapsed last Friday, and this is affecting persons who work there.Fish processor Patricia Prescod said she had been unable to work since then, charging that the alternative space now allocated to them was not adequate for the more than 40 workers who occupied the section.Prescod said she had been complaining for over three months about the condition of the roof after constantly feeling water dripping on her.“I spoke to someone in maintenance and told them that water was dripping on me and he told me if I getting wet move to somewhere else.”She said she was also told that no repairs would be done to the roof until the off-season.“On Friday, five minutes before the guard opened the door for us to enter, the roof caved in. Somebody could have been hurt,” Prescod stated.She said all they were told was to find space on the outside to work, but she pointed out that yesterday only two people were able to find space and she was forced to leave without working.“Nobody from management has come to us to tell us anything,” Prescod added.When contacted, a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture said they were aware of the situation and provision had been made for the workers to work in the outer processing hall.He said only a few tiles in the ceiling had come down and when the incident occurred no one was in the building.He explained that the roof had been assessed by the maintenance team and the problem should be addressed within a week.

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