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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Labour Minister Expresses Sadness at the Passing of Jamaican Farm Worker in Canada
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is expressing deep sadness at the passing of Mr Garvin Yapp, a 57 year old worker who participated in the Ministry’s Farm Work Programme in Canada.
Yapp, who hails from Tangle River District in St James, is a 35 year veteran of the programme, and was held in such high esteem that his employer would vacation at Yapp’s home on his visits to Jamaica.
Circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated, however, preliminary reports are that on August 14, he was involved in a work-related accident and was pronounced dead on site.
A team from the Ministry’s Family Services Unit has visited with Mr Yapp’s family and has been offering psycho-social and other support.
Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, who, along with the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Colette Roberts Risden, is currently touring farms in Canada, spoke with Mr Yapp’s widow by telephone earlier this afternoon. The Minister expressed his condolences and assured her of the Ministry’s continued support.
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