The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSH Agency) has launched a probe into the circumstances which led to the incident in which National Security Minister Stuart Young, and a member of the public, were injured during an event at the Penal Fire Station.

Minister Young suffered a dislocated shoulder when he tumbled off a stage after speaking at the official opening of the new $71 million Penal Fire Station, yesterday.

In addition, a guest at the event, Omar Maharaj, fell off his broken chair.

In an official statement issued today, the OSH Agency, confirmed that it will be conducting an assessment of the incidents, and stated that once their probe concludes, appropriate action will be taken.

The full text of the OSH Agency statement, follows…

“The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSH Agency) notes with interest the incidents which occurred at the official opening  ceremony  of the  Penal  Fire Station  on 10 March 2020, at which the Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart Young and another member of the public (in a separate incident) suffered injuries.

We take this opportunity to extend best wishes to them and hope they have a speedy recovery.

The Occupational Safety and Health  Act Chap. 88:08 places a duty on employers and occupiers to ensure that premises are, so far as is reasonably practicable,  safe and without risks to their employees and persons not in their employ. This includes conducting an assessment of the risks and taking the necessary steps to ensure that the risks are reduced to as low as is reasonably practicable.

The  incidents  which  occurred  at  the  Penal  Fire  Station  are  now  engaging  the attention  of  the  OSH  Agency. 

Appropriate  action  will  be  taken  pending  the conclusion of the investigation.”