Fiji Time: 1:07 PM on Sunday 21 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Labourer buried alive

Torika Tokalau
Monday, June 09, 2014

PAILATO Radibi has raised concerns on the circumstances surrounding the death of his younger brother Simione Sugucolo.

According to a police report, Mr Suguloco, 35, died on Saturday night after he was buried by collapsing soil in Wailoku.

He was part of a group working for a local construction company contracted by the Water Authority of Fiji to lay a new sewer pipeline at its depot.

Mr Radibi said when he visited the site yesterday, he was astounded by the lack of safety procedures.

"I have experience in the type of job my brother was carrying out before he died and I know first-hand of how dangerous it is," he said.

He said the depth of the hole in which his brother was working in was about 12 feet, saying the hole was dug straight down without any retaining wall.

"The soil dug out of the hole was left too close to its opening. It has been raining all of last week, so obviously the soil was weak. Why didn't the engineer looking after that project see this?

"It was simple common sense. It's dangerous working underground and I believe the safety of my brother and two of his other colleagues who were in the hole with him were not considered at all, even before they went in."

Mr Radibi said the engineer should have made the call to stop the project because of safety issues.

Attempts to get comments from WAF and its contracted company proved futile yesterday.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62390.6049
JPY 56.369653.3696
GBP 0.36040.3524
EUR 0.41060.3986
NZD 0.69380.6608
AUD 0.63130.6063
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 19th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Back to work
  2. Do the right thing and resign: Biman
  3. Fiji not built on smiles and fake promises, says Bainimarama
  4. ATS seeks legal advice
  5. Justice prevails, says Rabuka
  6. Unsafe practice
  7. Tribunal ruling is a victory for workers, says Chaudhry
  8. For a place in fashion festival
  9. 40th anniversary
  10. Living with NCDs hinders productivity

Top Stories this Week

  1. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  2. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  3. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  4. Tube ride to school Thursday (18 Jan)
  5. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  6. Patient info leaked Friday (19 Jan)
  7. Man attacks partner Monday (15 Jan)
  8. ATS Impasse: Tribunal orders return of all workers in 48 hours Saturday (20 Jan)
  9. Ray of hope Wednesday (17 Jan)
  10. Back to the tents Monday (15 Jan)