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GPL linesman hospitalised after receiving electric shock

first_imgA linesman attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is currently hospitalised after suffering from an electric shock outside Demico House (opposite the Stabroek Square), where technicians were replacing some old power poles.The man has been identified as Nara Singh, a resident of Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara. He has been working with the power company for the past five years. The incident occurred around midday on Sunday.Guyana Times understands that Singh, said to be in his mid-30s, was on theGPL workers continuing to worker after one of their colleague suffered from electric shock while handling wires at the same spotground holding some wires, which suddenly became live with current, thus pelting him a few feet backwards. He reportedly landed on his back with the wires resting across his stomach.Singh’s colleagues were able to get the wires off his body, and he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GHPC), where he remains unconscious.The GPL team, approximately two dozen members, reportedly started working sometime about 10:00h on the day in question, to replace the existing poles that were beginning to rot.A taxi driver who witnessed the incident told the Guyana Times that he was watching the men work on the two sets of poles on each side of Croal Street when he saw Singh get electrocuted.“I stand by my car watching them men work. It had one man on the post and this man (Singh) was at the bottom… I don’t know where this current come [from], but the way it come — and he had the wire in he hand — it pitch he back, and he drop on the ground and buss he head all,” the man said.The eyewitness went on to relate, “The wire drop pon he stomach, and all you see he left stunning pon the ground. You know how long they tek fuh pull the wire [off]. A man had to run till at the middle [of Longden Street] to get something and come and pull off the wire off he. Then a bus man pull up and they throw the man in the bus and rush he to the hospital.”According to the taxi driver, the incident traumatised the crew members, particularly the one who was up on the pole at the time the incident occurred.The fallen tree still there at midday Sunday“The man stick up on the post. He ain’t touching anything, and then the current come back on the wire, they had to block off the whole street…the wire start to smoke on the ground and so,” he stated.Guyana Times was told that the power had been cut from the wire and that it was lying on the ground for some time prior to the incident. One crew member was overheard saying that it reportedly came into contact with another live wire, thus electrocuting Singh. The man had said, too, that the current was so much that the wire had even wrapped around the linesman’s neck.However, a senior engineer attached to the power company told this newspaper that at this time they are uncertain as to what exactly transpired, since different versions of the incident are being related by the workers who were on ground.“We have to do an investigation, then we will know exactly what happened; because everybody in a state of shock right now…so they saying whatever coming to mind, but we have to wait and see,” the engineer said.Meanwhile, a vendor who used to ply her trade outside Demico on Croal Street complained that there is always some issues with those poles. She recalled that a few years ago a wire had drop alongside her vending booth and burst into flames.The woman further stated that a similar incident had occurred before, where a GPL worker was also electrocuted. “The man that de get pitch down with that wire the first time it happen, smoke come through that man ears… but that man ain’t dead,” she recalled.As the men resumed work shortly after the incident, one of the senior officers on the ground told this newspaper that the incident had him and all the workers stressed.“Right now we stressed out, but we still have to work,” the man said.While the men continued their work at the head of Croal Street, over on the intersection at Brickdam and Avenue of the Republic, a tree that had been located in the compound of the St Andrew’s Kirk) had fallen out on the roadway, taking down part of the fence along with nearby power lines.However, <> was told that the linemen were those of the Guyana Telephone Telegraph company (GTT). Although the tree had fallen since late Saturday afternoon, it could not have been removed until Sunday afternoon since it was laden with bees. The fallen tree was subsequently cut into pieces and removed. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez will NOT ‘down tools’ at Arsenal, insists Gunners legend

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal legend Martin Keown has insisted Alexis Sanchez is not the sort of player who would “down tools” if he ends up staying at the Emirates Stadium this season.With the Chilean star entering the final 12 months of his contract, Arsene Wenger has a decision to make regarding whether to cash in this summer or gaining his services for another season and allowing him to leave for free next year.Arsenal have already moved to strengthen their squad with the addition of France forward Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal from Lyon, following the free transfer of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is said to now top Wenger’s wanted list, but departures are also expected before any more new arrivals, with Olivier Giroud a reported target for both Everton and West Ham.The futures of key men Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, though, also remain uncertain, with Sanchez strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, who are said to be ready to offer wages of some £400,000 per week.But Keown sees no reason why his old boss would be want to cash in on the 28-eyar-old, signed from Barcelona in a £30million transfer during the summer of 2014.“Sanchez will be the one now which everyone talks about – and let’s see how Arsene Wenger handles that. He [Wenger] has his contract [extension], and I don’t think Wenger will be in any rush, he will want to keep the player,” Keown – part of Wenger’s squad which won the Double in both 1997/98 and 2001/02 – told Press Association Sport.“I think he [Sanchez] is going to play, wherever he is, I don’t think he is the sort of lad who will down tools.“Wenger has two years to go now on his contract at Arsenal, and he will want that time spent with the best possible players – Sanchez is one of Europe’s best players.“Arsene Wenger is a little bit different to a lot of the managers I played under, and he does have a special bond with his players. [Robin] van Persie had a heart-to-heart with Wenger, and he let him go.“I feel this time around, he will not be letting him [Sanchez] or any of his other players go that he does not want to let go, and that is all time-linked to how long he has got left with Arsenal.”last_img read more

Qatar Airways Rethinks Indian Plans Due to Foreign Ownership Rules

first_imgQatar Airways is reviewing plans for its own domestic Indian airline due to “confusing” foreign ownership rules and could work with a partner in India or take a stake in IndiGo instead, its chief executive said on Tuesday.Read it at Arab News Related Itemslast_img