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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2023. 12:21 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes25-year-old Germain Rivera of San Joaquin, Corozal District, died and his co-worker Julio Zetina was injured after a freak accident on Monday afternoon while at work in the parking lot of the Princess Vegas Casino, located not far from the Northern Border.

In a statement the managing director of Princess Casinos International, which recently took over the establishment, Guven Eraslan, explained that the iron chains holding the basket that carried Rivera and Zetina as they were fixing a lamppost in the parking lot snapped, sending them to the pavement. Zetina sustained head and leg injuries, but Rivera was killed almost instantly when the crane’s hook block fell on his head. Zetina is presently hospitalized in Belize City, awaiting surgery.

Princess Casinos International told Channel 5 News in its statement that, “We are all very sad and deeply saddened at the loss of one of our Princess family members, of [a] fine young man. Our pain is really indescribable”. Eraslan further said their equipment was serviced and inspected three weeks ago. Both families are receiving help from the company.

Rivera, who leaves behind a four-year-old daughter, was remembered by his father Rigoberto as someone who loved adventure, cared for his family, and who died doing what he loved. He had only been working for the company for about four months.

While in this case, the company is stepping up to take responsibility for what happened, this is the latest in a series of workplace accidents this year that has accelerated calls for the implementation of occupational safety and health legislation as clamored for by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB). Latest reports say there is further consultation underway on the draft of the Bill to be introduced in the National Assembly at some later date.

 

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