National Security Minister Stuart Young returned to work yesterday after a nasty fall on Tuesday at the opening of a new $71 million fire station in Penal.
Young was leaving the stage after delivering the feature address at the event when an unsecured step shifted, causing him to fall. The National Security Minister was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital after suffering a dislocated shoulder. He was discharged on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Minister Young attended the Music Festival at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. He told Guardian Media via a brief WhatsApp exchange that he had gone “to support the young primary school children.”
In a brief exchange with Guardian Media, Young said the fall never got in the way of his job.
“I have not stopped working and whilst my left arm is in a sling, I continue to perform my various duties,” he said.
“My fall yesterday as a result of an unsecured step was quite a hard one and resulted in me dislocating my left shoulder.”
Young thanked the Fire Services’ ambulance staff and the staff at the San Fernando General Hospital who attended to him. He also expressed gratitude to those who wished him well.
Yesterday, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency issued a release indicating it had taken note of the incident at the official opening of the Penal Fire Station in which Minister Young and another member of the public sustained injuries, and the incident was “engaging the attention of the OSH agency.”
It has promised that “appropriate action will be taken pending the conclusion of the investigation.”
OSH said 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 agency has extended best wishes to both Minister Young and the member of the public who was injured “and hope they have a speedy recovery,” the release stated.