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Highway construction still ongoing after worker's death

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com  

WORK AT the Golconda to Debe construction site continues although an investigation into the death of steam roller driver Ronnie Deonarine is ongoing.

Dennis Harricharan, National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) project manager of the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway from Golconda to Point Fortin, said that only minor works were being done at the site.

Harricharan said: "The contractor is really tying up loose ends at the construction site for the Christmas season. The work is being done to ensure that the road is safe for motorists."

He said it was not certain when the investigation, which is being conducted by Nidco, will be completed.

Deonarine, 45, of Panchoo Road, St Julien Village, Princes Town, suffered massive internal injuries after a steam roller he was driving crushed the lower part of his body at the worksite last Thursday.

Deonarine, an employee of Junior Sammy Contractors for the past 12 years, was driving the steam roller onto a trailer truck when the steam roller skidded.

Witnesses said Deonarine panicked and jumped off the steam roller, and the equipment fell on top of him.

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