Peni Drauna | Fiji Sun | 25 May, 2016
A father’s big wedding plan was ruined after his 29-year-old son died at the bauxite mining site of Xinfa Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Limited at Matasawalevu in Dreketi last weekend.
Nabavatu villager Waseroma Lava in Dreketi said his son Floyd William was the eldest of six siblings and was supposed to get married in August.
“He was working as a supervisor for his company for two years,” the 49-year-old father said.
“On Saturday, an employee of his company came to us with a message stating that William was crushed by a conveyor belt carrying soil containing bauxite.”
He was rushed to the Dreketi Health Centre but was pronounced dead.
“I was in shock and till today I do not believe the details revealed by the company over the cause of his death.
“I do not demand for compensation.
“Instead, I am looking for truth and a valid explanation.
“William was a much disciplined man, kind and friendly.
“He was financially supporting our family since my wife and I are unemployed.
“He was a very talented rugby player who played for Labasa Army and warden team.”
When Fiji Sun contacted Xinfa Aurum Exploration (Fiji) limited managing director Sireli Dagaga yesterday he said he could not comment.
“The Fiji Police Force, Department of Mineral Resources and Department of Labour are carrying out their individual investigations,” Mr Dagaga said.
“During the incident there was no eye-witness and it would take us a while to comment.”
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau said his northern team was informed yesterday of the incident at Dreketi last weekend. The team was there now to conduct investigations on the site.
Meanwhile, Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said this case was a work related accident and investigation continues.
The post mortem of the victim is yet to be conducted.