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JPS suspends two employees following all-island power blackout

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:41 PM
In a release issued today, the JPS said the outage occurred after a team carrying out maintenance work failed to adhere to the established procedures.

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has suspended two employees in connection with Saturday’s all-island power outage.

In a release issued today, the JPS said the outage occurred after a team carrying out maintenance work failed to adhere to the established procedures.

It says this resulted in the worst type of electrical fault on a power system.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre, director of corporate communications at JPS, Winsome Callum said investigations have confirmed that it was human error that caused an electric fault which led to the outage.

 

Director of corporate communications at JPS Winsome Callum

The JPS blackout lasted for several hours on Saturday evening.

The light and power company had earlier said it was caused by a procedural error.

JPS has since come under heavy criticism as its system should have protected itself from an islandwide shutdown.