Monday 20 May, 2019

St Jude staff fear for safety as roof work continues

Work in progress at the hospital

Work in progress at the hospital

Staff of the St Jude hospital are concerned about their safety while work on the roof of the health facility is in progress.

About a week ago, work commenced on the removal of metals from the roof of the hospital which are precariously hanging from it.

The area where the work is taking place has been cordoned off to alert persons of the work taking place there.

“I am afraid a piece of metal fall on me…The situation looks frightening,” a nurse told Loop News on condition of anonymity.

She added that she can’t wait for the hospital, which has been housed at the George Odlum Stadium since 2009, to be relocated to its original site in Augier, Vieux-Fort.

“The government is taking too long to do whatever it intends to do with us,” she said.

Another member of staff said he has witnessed pieces of metals falling from the roof of the hospital and landing dangerously close to staff and visitors.

Staff of the hospital say the work should be done at night rather than during the day when the hospital is usually busy.

Just last year, the roof of the hospital was demolished to remove particles of fiberglass which were constantly falling from it.

The demolition exercise took place after staff of the health institution complained about the immediate hazard it poses to them, patients and visitors.

The exercise was done at night for the safety of the public.

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