Another JPS contractor dies following power line incident


The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is investigating the death of a third-party contractor who the company says was employed by Western Electrical and Construction Limited, who died of injuries sustained in an incident on Friday afternoon.

In a statement on Sunday, JPS said preliminary reports indicated the incident happened in Shafton, Westmoreland, while the contractor was carrying out upgrades to a JPS power line.

The electric company expresses its sadness at the passing of the contractor and expresses its condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues at Western Electrical and Construction Limited.

It was the second death of a JPS contractor while working on a power line this year.

At the beginning of February, a contractor died after being injured while carrying out work on a power pole in Trench Town, St Andrew.

The contractor, identified as Ainsley Scott, died days after the injuries were sustained, at Kingston Public Hospital, where he was being treated.

A JPS statement at the time said Scott was employed at M&O Traders, emergency contractors who provide services to the utility company.

In a video of the incident, Scott was seen hanging from a lamp post as members of the community tried to save him and were eventually successful.


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