3 senior staff fired over Uitvlugt Estate “flying knives” incident

first_imgThe probe into the ‘knife-shredder’ incident at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate’s has concluded and three senior staff, including one engineer, were fired.This was confirmed on Saturday to Guyana Times by a senior official close to the investigation.Reports are that during the months-long investigation into the incident, sufficient evidence was shown to hold the trio accountable for the situation that occurred in August 2018, when the cane shredder became uncontrollable, sending 64 of 70 knives haywire.The incident took place just after another – the cane shredder malfunctioned – causing millions of dollars’ worth of cane being left to spoil.When the factory finally recommenced operations after resolving that issue, it was met with the uncontrollable cane shredder incident that resulted in workers having to flee for their lives as the knives became loose and were sent flying through the air in all directions. As a result of the second incident at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, suspicions were raised that the cane shredder had been sabotaged in August, last year.However, management of that sugar factory along with top officials from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) stated that they could not make that declaration until investigations into the matter had been completed.These investigations, which were scheduled to have been completed within a three-week period, eventually took about six months to be concluded.Ahead of this probe which commenced in August 2018, a GuySuCo official had revealed that when the operator starts up the cane shredder machine, the operator is not supposed to start the turbine, but is in fact expected to test-run the knives’ component without the turbine.However, this procedure was reportedly not followed, and the “trip” was allowed to spin with excessive speed.The damage to the cane shredder resulted in millions in losses, at the expense of the State. The August 11, 2018 incident also was responsible for the delayed commencement of sugarcane grinding. These difficulties resulted in the second crop suffering a setback.Officials had also explained that the damaged parts for the turbine, knife shaft and knives were sourced and replaced, and engineers claimed that “all of the necessary safety checks have been carried out on the turbine, as recommended by the manufacturer and as stated in the operations and maintenance manual.”The knives which went flying are made out of carbon steel and weigh 20lbs each. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Clinical and Research Acadmey- back from left are Kevin Moran , Eamon Magee, Charlie Mcmanus, Karl Lacey, Rory Kavanagh and Pat Shovlin. Seated David Hickey and Michael Murphy. Photo – Clive WassonRenowned transplant surgeon, Mr David Hickey, gave a moving, accurate and up to date lecture as guest speaker at Letterkenny General Hospital’s Research Day Symposium last week.Mr Hickey was invited by Mr Charles McManus, Director of Medical Education at Letterkenny General Hospital and Team Physician to the Donegal county footballers. Mr Hickey’s talk centred on how volunteerism forms the bedrock for both organ transplantation and grass roots GAA.Mr Hickey’s talk “Charity begins at home: The GAA and Organ Transplantation” was an exceptional lecture that incorporated relevant statistics regarding organ transplantation in Ireland.It was interspersed with tales of David’s life as an elite Gaelic footballer, who was once pursued by Toulon Rugby club eager for his acquisition to play out half for them in the French League.Mr Hickey asked if a signed Donegal jersey could be arranged for auction upon his return to Dublin to aid families destroyed by the typhoon Haiyan. Eager to meet a legend, current Donegal footballers, Eamonn Mc Gee, Rory Kavanagh, Karl Lacey and Michael Murphy came to present the jersey to him in person.  – Ends – Photo Details:Back Row: Mr Kevin Moran, Consultant Surgeon and Urologist, Letterkenny General Hospital and Team Physician to Donegal Football; footballer Eamonn McGee; Mr Charles McManus, Director of Medical Education, Letterkenny General Hospital and Team Physician to the Donegal Football Team; and footballer Rory Kavanagh.Front Row: Mr David Hickey, Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon and Team Physician to Dublin Football; footballers Karl Lacey and Michael Murphy; Pat Shovelin, Manager Medical Records, Letterkenny General Hospital and goal keeping coach to Donegal Football. RENOWNED SURGEON REVEALS WHY THE GAA AND ORGAN DONATION GO HAND-IN-HAND was last modified: November 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:David HickeyLetterkenny General Hospitalorgan donationlast_img read more