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Tragedy ‘lurks’


SANKA PRICE and SHERIA BRATHWAITE

Tragedy ‘lurks’

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The death of teenager Kyriq Boyce on Thursday, who fell into a 100-foot well, could have possibly been avoided if Barbados had better management systems in place.

While president of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers (BAPE), Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Browne expressed sadness at the incident, which claimed the life of the 18-year-old as he was walking across a well at Martin Road, in the Pine, St Michael, he lamented that this was not an isolated case, but one that probably only received more publicity because of its tragic outcome.

The real tragedy, he said, was that Barbados continued to operate a system where this situation could recur at any time, and where it was only ‘Lady Luck’ that stopped more tragic outcomes.

“From a technical perspective, we have the knowledge, resources and the experience needed to ensure that this danger can be reduced to practically zero chance of occurrence, yet after each incident, we express shock; talk up a storm; make empty promises about fixing the problem, and promptly revert to ‘Lady Luck’ as our protector,” said Browne. (SP/SB)

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