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Jamaican farm worker killed in job-related accident in Canada

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2022 | 5:41 PM
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda, who is currently touring farms in Canada, has expressed sadness at Yapp's death.- File photo

The Ministry of Labour has confirmed the death of a Jamaican farm worker in Canada on Sunday.

He has been identified as 57-year-old Garvin Yapp, of Tangle River district in St James.

The ministry said the circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated, but preliminary reports suggest he was involved in a work-related accident and was pronounced dead on site.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda, who is currently touring farms in Canada, has expressed sadness at Yapp's death.

The ministry said in a media release that Yapp was "a 35-year veteran of the [farm work] programme, and was held in such high esteem that his employer would vacation at Yapp's home on his visits to Jamaica".

It added that Samuda spoke with Yapp's widow by telephone Tuesday afternoon and assured her of the Ministry's continued support.

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