Guyana’s Honorary Consul to Barbados, Norman Faria, has met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Star Chick Farm, where a Guyanese worker died on Saturday.
Bibi Hassim, a 38-year-old general worker, was crushed to death in a container through which the poultry passes on the assembly line.
Faria refused to speculate on whether the woman had been intentionally killed, as claimed by her relatives in Guyana.
“I made some inquiries, including on reports that while she was in the container someone turned on the power supply, activating the mechanisms in the container, which apparently crushed her,” Faria stated.
“I met with a Mr. Clarke and gathered information that would form the basis of my report… I also spoke with several of the Guyanese employees and received other information,” said Faria.
The Guyanese Consul also disclosed that he had a discussion with an official of the Barbados Ministry of Labour, which sent out an official to the plant during the week to investigate the incident.
Faria said he had written that ministry to obtain a copy of the report. Information was also obtained from the Safety Officer at the Barbados Workers Union, the island’s largest labour body.
“I will be writing up my views. I am also awaiting the receipt of the Barbados Ministry’s report,” he said.
The post mortem has already been done on Hassim’s body, and it is expected to be shipped to Guyana soon. The woman’s husband and brother also work in Barbados.
Relatives told Kaieteur News earlier in the week that they believe she was murdered. The woman, who had been living in Barbados for the past two years, leaves to mourn her husband.
Her body is expected to be in the country by Monday, after which a burial date will be set.
There are several other Guyanese working on the chicken farm.
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