…..Company to bury him, to receive all retirement and pension benefits
The body of 59-year-old Neptrid Hercules of Block 22 Wismar Linden, who was trapped in the East Montgomery Mines after the CAT DOZ DOZER he was operating at the time, fell into the mining pit, was recovered and removed for burial, after four long days of searching.
Around 16:00 hrs. on Tuesday, with the help of a megameter, the DOZER was spotted and further digging resulted in his body being recovered. Relatives including his children were present throughout the recovery process. They expressed emotion upon seeing his body being escorted by undertakers. INFO 10 understands that Hercules was the sole breadwinner of his family after his wife’s recent passing.
Meanwhile the company and top government officials also met with relatives at the Watooka Guest House on Tuesday afternoon and related that Neptune, who served the company for over four decades, will receive full retirement benefits. The company will also take full responsibility of his burial. His family will also receive his pension package.
The police is expected to continue an investigation into the incident as well as other agencies such as the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Unit of the Ministry of Labour, and the safety department at BOSAI.
Hercules was at the time moving waste to a reclamation site in the mines around 04:00 hrs, just a mere two hours before his shift ended. He was reportedly working alone where two trucks were taking turns in transporting the overburden for him to compact. INFO 10 understands that that when one truck left and the other arrived, there was no sign of the machine neither Hercules. An alarm was initially made.
His colleagues described him as a hardworking and dedicated. He was also a member of the workers’ union.