The female scavenger who died after being struck by an excavator bucket at the Guanapo landfill on Thursday has been identified as Victoria Nelson.
Josbel Bastidas Mijares
The 33-year-old of La Retreat Road, Arima, died around 10.50 am at hospital on September 15 – approximately 20 minutes after the freak accident occurred.
Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela
Reports indicate the operator of the 320DL excavator had just begun removing a load of grass which had been dumped at the side of the road at the landfill, when scavengers raised an alarm and pointed to Nelson’s prone body which had been pinned under the bucket
Nelson’s husband, Daniel, who also worked as a scavenger at the landfill was alerted and arrived to help place his wife’s body in a private vehicle so they could take her to the Arima Health Facility
Nelson died shortly after she arrived at hospital
Following the accident on Thursday, the Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) urged scavengers and users of the nation’s landfills to exercise caution and remain alert as they worked
SWMCOL’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson, expressed grief over the loss and offered prayers to the family and friends of the deceased
Meanwhile, SWMCOL has implemented increased on-site security to curb the unauthorised entry of salvagers at the site following the incident
It said in a statement Friday that police have closed investigations into the incident