gruesome death: The body of Charnadath Ramsaroop who was crushed by a truck at Petrotrin's Santa Flora facility yesterday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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Truck crushes man at Petrotrin

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com  

A 50-YEAR-OLD lorry man was crushed to death yesterday after the trailer of a truck rolled over him at Petrotrin's Santa Flora compound.

Charnadath Ramsaroop, of Sewlal Trace, Fyzabad, died at the scene.

Ramsaroop was employed for seven months with Inland Offshore Contractors (IOCL), one of the largest transportation and services companies in Trinidad.

Police said that around 11.45 a.m. Ramsaroop was at the Petrotrin compound with IOCL lorry men Aaron Bernard, of Point Fortin, and Jason Deonath, of Penal.  

Police were told that Ramsaroop, Bernard and Deonath were moving pipes from one truck to another.

The three lorry men were standing between the trucks.

Police said that Ramsaroop was securing the steel with straps when one of the truck drivers began to drive away and he stepped backward to move out of the way.

However, police were told that his foot got caught on a wheel of one of the trailers and he fell to the ground.

After he fell, the trailer's wheel rolled over him, police said.

Police from the Santa Flora and Siparia Police Stations visited the scene, led by ASP Franklin Sampath and ASP Rajcoomar of the South Western Division.

Ramsaroop's wife, Indira, said he was a "dedicated, hardworking and loving husband".

"He was working to make sure that his family had everything that they needed," his wife said.

The couple have four children.

A statement from Petrotrin's Corporate Communications manager Gillian Friday stated that an internal investigation will be conducted.

Friday said that counselling services will be offered to Ramsaroop's family and to affected employees. Petrotrin's acting president Khalid Hassanali and senior manager, production operations Stephen Awah visited the scene to offer support to Ramsaroop's widow and relatives.

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