Dennery man falls into drain, seeks compensation from City Council

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Dennery man falls into drain, seeks compensation from City Council

A man will seek compensation from the Castries City Council (CCC) after he fell into a drain in front La Place Carenage on Jeremie Street, Castries on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Chaddie Faucher, 21, of Derniere Riviere, Dennery told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that a “newly paced metal slab gave way” under him, causing him to drop into the drain.

Faucher said he sustained a laceration to his leg, “possibly” pulled a muscle, and damaged his phone in the process. He blames the CCC for “pure negligence” and said he is writing SNO not out of rage but out of disappointment. (Below photos of the drain and the man’s injured leg)

The injured man said he is thankful that a tourist was not involved. Interestingly, a visitor was injured in the same area some months ago when a metal slab covering the drain slashed her foot.

“…. This could have been bad publicity for a tourist destination like Saint Lucia. Tourists frequent this area all the time,” he said.

Here his Faucher’s story in its entirety:

“After having such a busy morning, I would never expect such to happen to me as I made my way to Super J, waterfront. I’m one who is always careful and alert on the streets of Castries and have even warned by friends and family to not trust any covered drains.

“But today wasn’t my day. Unfortunately, as I walked in front of La Place Carenage, just opposite the Wings of Love Boutique, one of the newly placed metal slabs gave way under me. I got a dash to my lower leg, possibly pulled a muscle and damaged my phone in the process. I might have not broken the tibia bone but right now it might have been fractured since I am experiencing so much pain. I had to quickly remove my pants with fear of being completely ruined and stained with blood from the injury.

“Honestly, I am happy that I am the victim. I was able to shield the fall somehow. However, I feel a little discomfort to my waist area. Like I said I’m elated that it wasn’t an inexperienced child or a heavier adult. It could have been a broken rib or death situation as the drain is so deep. The slab did not look shaky nor were there any signs of caution. I would never anticipate such a perfectly looking slab to give way.

“I want this message to go strongly to the CCC. By all means I will see that I get reimbursed for this accident that I believe was by pure negligence by the CCC. I am not writing out of rage but pure disappointment, because this could have been bad publicity for a tourist destination like Saint Lucia. Tourists frequent this area all the time. I want my fellow Saint Lucians to be sensitised about day-to-day safety in Castires and the CCC to make this possible for us as a people.

“I didn’t get any stitches because it’s more of a hole next to my bone area than a cut. The leg bled for the second time after I got to VH (Victoria Hospital). It got dressed but by the time I got home the pad was so soaked that blood was dripping from it again. A family member had to dress the wound with a first aid kit kept at home. I am going to seek further medical help from a doctor tomorrow. My leg felt better after seeing the nurse so didn’t see the urgent need to wait a long time for the doctor on shift.”

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  1. NOT SURE THAT THESE DRAINS AND THEIR COVERINGS WERE DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED TO MEET INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

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  2. the slabs were placed to give easier access to drains when blocked with garbage.so to be safer please avoid walking on slabs

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  3. I too have injured myself on one of these concrete slabs and still have scars because of the fall. My foot was swollen and in pain for days afterwards. The CCC needs to be accountable and do a better job, if it was not for the carton of eggs from Super J (big up to Super J's packaging) I was carrying that broke my fall, it could have been worse.

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  4. those metal slabs are very dangerous n needs to be removed. i dont c y of all things is a metal slab they chose to put.. my boy go ahead wit ur action u hve all right

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  5. Some of you ppl are heartless. When things happen to others u all write stupid statements. I hope nothing ever happen to u.

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  6. Hope you get compensation.....Some time aback a tourist experienced the same mishap in Gros Islet. I don't know what happen after, but I can bet that he got some form of compensation.

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  7. RASTA...I HOPE YOU NEVER WALK AND ANSWER YOUR PHONE ETC.HE WASNT ON HIS PHONE.THE TAXI DRIVERS CAN ATTEST TO THAT..THEY HAD TO PULL HIM UP..IF WAS A TOURIST THAT FELL THERE I WONDER IF YOU WOULD SAY THE SAME. JUST LIKE RECENTLY A TAXI DRIVER HAD TO GO BUY METAL AND BLOCK THERE HIMSELF AFTER NUMEROUS COMPLAINS N CALLED THE NEWS TO WITNESS..NOW CALLING EVERYWHERE THEY GIVING A ROUND AROUND STORY.THATS VERY CARELESS OF THE CCC OR WHOMEVER IS INCHARGE..A BUSY AREA LIKE THAT ESP FOR TOURIST (OUR ISLAND MAIN REVENUE SOURCE) NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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    • Wow fo'real you mean all that happened already and there haven't been any further actions done.

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  8. yeah well for negligence you would have to prove they were aware and were you using your phone and not aware of your surroundings just asking

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  9. I feel u but on the other hand you should never walk on any grid that's on a street or side walk. Not only it can collapse as it it in your case, it can be slippery or electricuted and some of the have ground wires running under them.

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  10. Do what u gotta do bro. It's high time we st lucian take the state before the courts for things like that.

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  11. If that is necessary sue them, its time we alerted these councils over their negligence but,is how much this injured person will have to pay a lawyer to fight the case for him?Knowing those lawyers in St.lucia,sometimes you will spend more money by paying a lawyer than what you will receive for your compensation from the council.That,can be less money for all your sufferings.

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  12. My dear, I doubt anything will come out of this. A similar thing happened to me some years ago. I wrote to the authorities, they did not even acknowledge receipt of my letter. I was hospitalised and had surgery in my leg. I am scared for life. Anyway, good luck

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