“I am heart-broken” – Rayneau Gajadhar mourns loss of brother and others

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“I am heart-broken” – Rayneau Gajadhar mourns loss of brother and others
Simon Straughn
Simon Straughn
Simon Straughn

Head of the RG Group of Companies, Rayneau Gajadhar, has confirmed that his brother was among the persons who died as a result of the explosion at the quarry in Cul de Sac on Tuesday.

His brother, Simon Straughn, who is originally from Ravine Chabot, Castries was the operations manager of RG Quarry Ltd., a subsidiary company of the RG Group, and was trained in handling explosives.

Straughn, who would have been 39 in May, is survived by his wife and two children.

“I want to let everybody know that I am heart-broken,” Gajaghar said in a radio interview today. “It is terrible and we have lost some of our best people.”

The veteran businessman said it is difficult to find words to explain how he feels.

He said everyone is curious about what caused the explosion, but the focus is on the dead and injured, and their families. An investigation is underway, he said.

The businessman said the promotion of safety in his business has always been a priority.

“In terms of a statement as to what happened I cannot make a statement now as I do not have the facts….  We are all are foused on the people…,” he said.

Gajadhar said some of the injured have been flown to Martinique for further treatment.

Government officials said three workers have been confirmed dead, two of whom died at the scene and one succumbed at Victoria Hospital. One individual remains unaccounted for.

About 21 persons were brought to hospital for treatment up to midnight. Four “highly critical” patients were airlifted for treatment in Martinique.

Meanwhile, Gajadhar’s company released the following official statement on the incident.

We at the RG group of companies are overwhelmed by the loss of our family and team members.

The loss of life suffered is immeasurable. We stand in support of all of the grieving families and staff who work directly with those who lost their lives.

The incident resulted in fatalities and in injuries necessitating immediate emergency response services whereby all injured persons were quickly dispatched to the hospital for medical treatment

At this stage we give our unwavering support and cooperation to the investigators as they assist and support us in finding out the cause of this unfortunate accident.

Our main interest at the moment is attending to and working with the families of the deceased and injured and further mourning with the nation for the loss of valued souls.

Our thanks and appreciation go out to the Government of Saint Lucia in particular Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet and Hon. Guy Joseph who were present at on site and at the hospital. We further extent special thanks to NEMO, Saint Lucia red cross, Saint Lucia fire service, the nurses and doctors of Victoria Hospital and Tapion hospital, all levels of the police hierarchy and RG Group team members for their swift response and attention.

Investigations are ongoing in this matter.

ABOUT GAJADHAR’S COMPANY

The RG Group of Companies comprises of the Construction & Industrial Equipment (CIE) Ltd and RG. Quarry (RGQ). Through these two entities, the group is able to provide the necessary products and services to meet the building and construction needs of clients in Saint Lucia and the region. Its rapid and continued growth over the past 15 years has made this company well positioned to meet the industry’s demands. Recognized as the largest locally-owned construction company in Saint Lucia with over 300 employees and close to 100 pieces of heavy equipment and a seemingly endless supply of quality raw material, the group is well positioned as a leader in its field. With a high percentage of repeat clients and great emphasis on customer service, the RG Group is geared towards achieving its goals in providing overall service beyond expectations. (Source: company’s website)

 

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  1. I don't see anyone bringing together the people who has been hurt who is representing these people so that they can be compensated for there pain and trouble that they are going true??? Many has lost limbs and has various illness and ongoing pain we need a lawyer to represent these people yes it was a accident but the biggest company in the country should have insurance to help it's workers who have been hurt so that there lives can get some normality after this tragedy people need to be compensated for there pain thank you is not enough we need people to come together it is our rights we work hard and should not have to suffer in vain someone need to contact a law firm to represent all these injured workers there lives will never be the same after this and I believe monetary compensation is in order I do not hear anyone of gajafar people talking about this this is a big company and should take care of its people

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    • Do you know what they are saying.. Oh people already talking about money.. That is the reaction of RG group of Companies..

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  2. We need a group of lawyers to represent the injured workers there need to be a monetary compensation for all these injured workers there lives will never be the same after this thank you is not good enough these people need help Rg is a big company and should take responsibility of its workers problem that's why you have insurance do not walk away in pain and suffer

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  3. I don't see anyone bringing together the people who has been hurt who is representing these people so that they can be compensated for there pain and trouble that they are going true??? Many has lost limbs and has various illness and ongoing pain we need a lawyer to represent these people yes it was a accident but the biggest company in the country should have insurance to help it's workers who have been hurt so that there lives can get some normality after this tragedy people need to be compensated for there pain thank you is not enough we need people to come together it is our rights we work hard and should not have to suffer in vain someone need to contact a law firm to represent all these injured workers there lives will never be the same after this and I believe monetary compensation is in order I do not hear anyone of gajafar people talking about this this is a big company and should take care of its people

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  4. Rayneau, no matter what life brings your way, you will always be blessed for your kind and giving heart. This is a trial, and I am praying that you will pull through. You can do it! By now you must know that jealously is the mother of a critical spirit. Use it and all the negative comments as an incentive to push yourself further than you have ever been. I admire your zeal and ambition. Not many young or older people can aspire to where you are now. It is sad when people cannot see their own prosper. This is why they will always remain just where they are.

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    • Shut up! One of your love one should have gotten hurt of died in that foolish disaster. I wonder if you would be talking that junk. Rayneau needs to be held accountable for this catastrophe.

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  5. R.I.P young man. Beyond heartwrenching the way ur life was cut short. Keep strong to his wife n kids and RG group of companies. Its tough for all of u. God be with u. Soar with ur two other coworkers.

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  6. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Rayneau and his staff members as you lost ur brother and also your team members! May God give you strength to overcome these trying times and to start the healing process. No one is ever truly ready to deal with the loss of a loved one. Heartfelt condolences go out to all the families who suffered this unfortunate event.

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  7. May you all find the strength in the Almighty God to help you through this difficult time.

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  8. My prayers goes to the familes and friend of all those who lost a love ones or have someone injured in the incident.
    Also mr Rayneau be strong in this time of sorrow.
    One love people.

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  9. Condolence to you and all the other families and also
    God will take care of you ,all may all of your souls RIP in paradise,,Amen ,,

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  10. SMH. The writing has been on the wall Rayneau. From the death of a worker on the Almond Morgan Bay project to the Bois d Orange Bridge now at the quarry. Man get your Health and Safety right, including Road Safety. Start by stopping those trucks from littering the road and endangering people lives. I hope you take your brother death serious enough to improve health and safety.

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    • What writing? Have you been there to see the facts? Quick to blame. It is a sad fact but accidents do happen in this type of business. Humans are not perfect but I guess you are.
      And to tell Rayneau to get his h&s right, well you obviously don't know the man.
      Coming here to lay blame, who the hell are you!

      Rayneau takes care of his people. Be strong all of you.

      God bless all of you.

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      • From what I've heard he over works his workers. I thought was his brother in law guess I was wrong. It's so sad what happen to these innocent people. The blood that have to shed for some businesses to florish. I advice people to stop working for rayneau. Honestly...I'm mad at rayneau and nothing else..I am saddened by the deaths....the permanent scars left

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  11. My prayers go up to God for you Rayneau and everyone affected by this disastrous occurrence. May His healing power surround you and sustain you all through this trying time. God bless St.Lucia.
    (Lynda (ex - Cable & Wireless))

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  12. Simon you will be missed i remember your smiling face bro it was an honor working with you fot 12 long years at R.G Quarry . my prayers goes out to your family bro also kojero and all his staff .R.I.P

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  13. don't give up on God, he said he will never leave us nor forsake us nor will he give us more than we can bear,my prayers goes out to you and you staff. Be strong.

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  14. My condolences to the families of the decease. Be strong. God is in control he will nerver leave nor forsake you. He is the Alfa and Omega. The beginning and the end.

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  15. Even through the pain, you cooperated so well with us. Sleep well and know that your legacy lives on through your loved ones and those you have impacted.....

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