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Ministry looks into Kanailagi case

Luisa Qiolevu
Friday, January 19, 2018

THE Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Ministry was looking into issues of compensation and occupational health and safety in the case of Tomasi Kanailagi, who died after he was buried while working on a leaked water pipe along Damanu Rd in Labasa on Sunday.

Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister Jone Usamate said the ministry was looking into the case.

Mr Kanailagi was reported to have slipped and was buried by soil after trying to get out of a hole that was dug to allow repair works.

Police also confirmed a mound of soil on the side of the hole they were digging gave way, causing him to slip back into the hole.

Police said the man died instantly at the work site.

Mr Usamate said the basis of the OHS legislation was that all employers had the responsibility to ensure OHS requirements.

"We are looking into the worker compensation and OHS issues of this case," he said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro also confirmed that a post-mortem examination for Mr Kanailagi had not been conducted yet.

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