A 46-YEAR-old Penal electrician died yesterday after he was electrocuted while working on a lamp post at Point Fortin.
Gayadeen Lookhoor, of Ramjohn Trace, was said to have suffered an electrical shock while he was descending a pole and fell off a ladder. Lookhoor and other employees of N and S Electrical Contractors, of Penal, were changing conductors and isolating lines along the Dunlop stretch in the vicinity of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) sub-station.
Police were told around 8.55 a.m. Lookhoor was descending a lamp post when his shoulder touched a live wire.
He fell off a ladder and fell 20 feet to the ground.
An ambulance took him to the Point Fortin Health Facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Corporate Communications manager at T&TEC Annabelle Brasnell stated in a release that T&TEC has appointed a five-member committee to investigate the fatal accident.
Lookhoor's death follows three other fatal incidents involving electricians working on T&TEC lines.
Last September, T&TEC craftsman trainee Richie Rivers, 23, was electrocuted while working on the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.
Rivers, of Rio Claro, was working on an electricity pole when he was electrocuted and he fell 20 feet to the ground.
Then on January 10, Ghanaian national Samuel Ownsu also died from electrocution.
A week later, electrical linesman Gary Patterson, 42, died while on duty at Siparia.
The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is expected to hold a press conference on the issue of fatal accidents at the workplace today at its headquarters at Paramount Building, Circular Road, San Fernando.