Jan 17, 2015 News
More than a month after Leroy Francis- Harris was electrocuted while working on a three-storey
building in Evans Street, Charlestown, his family, including his seven-month-old baby is yet to be compensated.
Harris, of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation around 17:00 hrs on December 03, last. He had allegedly come into contact with a live wire.
His colleagues had reported that at the time of the incident, the father of one was using ‘a flex’, (a flexible insulated electrical cable). The object, they claimed, came into contact with electrical wires and he was injured. He later succumbed.
Yesterday, his mother, Patricia Kirton lamented that more than a month has passed and the family still haven’t heard from her son’s employer; the owner of Ready Mix Concrete Ltd., located at Eccles, Industrial Estate.
The woman said that she now has to take care of her son’s baby and it is difficult on her.
“I went to meet them (employers) a lot of times but every time I go, the people hiding from me. I even went to the Ministry of Labour but the guy there said when he went to the company, they gave him a hard time,” Kirton related.
She said that a few days after her son’s untimely demise, she visited the office of his employer and was handed a cheque for $400,000.
“The boss said that $300,000 is for the funeral and $100,000 for the wake. He asked to see my son’s child mother and his baby…and he said that he is going to give the child some milk and see in whatever way he can assist,” she said.
After her son was laid to rest, the woman claimed that she visited the employer’s office on numerous occasions, but was either told that he was unavailable or that he was not around.
A very disturbed Kirton said that her child’s life is worth more than a mere $400,000.
“I wonder if that man has children. My son had recently become a father and he was working to make a life for his child and then this happened. This is so unfair to him and the baby,” the mother lamented.
Recalling what transpired on the day her son was killed, the woman said that she received a call sometime after 17:00hrs from her son’s co-workers.
The woman said they informed her that her son had encountered a problem with some electricity, “but they did not tell me that it was serious, that he had been shocked and was in bad shape.”
She said she never expected to hear that her son had died.
The 25-year-old Plaisance resident was employed with the company for almost a year.
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