Sunday, December 17, 2017

2 men electrocuted in San Juan

...while doing house repairs


sad news: Relatives of Joseph Gooliaram and Richard Ramsundar console each other yesterday at the scene where the two men were electrocuted off Boundary Road, San Juan. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

 TWO men were electrocuted yesterday afternoon while carrying out renovation work at a house off Boundary Road, San Juan.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. while the men—Joseph Gooliaram, 26, and Richard Ramsundar, 36—along with Ramsundar’s younger brother, Ricardo Ramsundar, were working on a house at Hosein Trace, off Boundary Road.

During the job, they attempted to drag a large fibreglass and metal ladder through a window of the house when the ladder touched a high-voltage line.

All three men received burns about their bodies and Gooliaram and Richard were killed on the scene.

Ricardo was taken to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mt Hope, where he was listed as being in stable condition up to last night.

Relatives of both men were too distraught to speak about what happened.

One female relative of Gooliaram described him and the two other men as hard-working.

“The both men who died were very hard-working men and Joseph had two step-sons he loved as his own.”

Gooliaram lived at Clarke Road in Charlieville, while Ramsundar lived at Clarke Road Extension in Charlieville.

After being examined by a district medical officer, the bodies were taken to the Port of Spain Mortuary and a post-mortem is expected to be done today at Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park.

Officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission were also on the scene yesterday and they took pains to examine the accident site.

One of them said, under the condition of anonymity, that the building was built too close to the high tension wire.

Barataria police are continuing investigations.