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INSPIRE BVI: Labourer rising after major fall

Raymond Richards

Raymond Richards

By Davion Smith, BVI News Online Staff

A labourer who was left without a stable income for years said he did not get justice following an accident that happened on the job two years ago. Still, he never lost faith.

Raymond Richards said he suffered an injury that affectedly him badly.

“I used to drive for a company and I get a fall down and I have three pinched nerves and doctor says I can’t pick up nothing,” he told BVI News Online.

That was devastating news for a man who worked as a labourer virtually all his professional life.

He was a delivery person – a job that, he said, required a lot of lifting.

The 54-year-old Jamaican said he however found comfort in the hopes that he would have received monetary assistance from his then employers.

But that optimism was crushed when – according to him – his employers declined to help.

Richards claimed that his employers – who are owners of an international company that has a base in the British Virgin Islands – opted not to compensate him because no one was around at the time he fell.

“When I went back to the workplace, they said they didn’t have any evidence to say I had fallen, and they don’t think it’s their job to cost it… I took it hard, but then I said to myself that I’m in great hands,” added Richards, who is a Christian worshiping at the First Assembly of God in Lower Estate.

Though he has moved on from what he described as an injustice, Richards has called on the territory’s leaders to do more to protect the rights of individuals like himself.

“Justice was never done. The companies that come from outside – like the international companies that come from the United States; they take disadvantage of people.”

“What the government needs to do is to look into these overseas companies and what they doing to people,” added Richards.

He noted that he was speaking from experience, having lived in the British Virgin Islands for some 27 years.

Turning Point

The entire ordeal was a turning point in Richards’ life.

“They say you have to be down to get up, and I was down; I wasn’t working for two years.”

Richards – an apparently pleasant and outspoken man – added that it was his faith and the support from his church that delivered him through the difficult time.

“The church gave me some money – not much, but it was to help out.”

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The married father of two told BVI News Online that he has always loved music, and that love strengthened while he was struggling with unemployment.

With more time on his hands, Richards started to brush up on his latent guitar strumming skills.

He said his love affair with music started as a child in Jamaica, where his wife and children currently reside.

Richards further said he grew up around a lot of singers and musicians such as the late Reggae legend Bob Marley, and Freddy McGregor.

That early experience, the BVI resident said, sparked his interest in music.

“Me never get the music in school but me was practicing music theory by myself all along. I kinda self-taught myself. After I wasn’t working for two years, I was practicing with the instrument – putting the theory (lyrics) to the instrument.”

Richards’ eyes are now set on making a career out of of music.

Richards who goes by the musical moniker Colonel PK, is now promoting his first gospel single, ‘I Am In Great Hands’.

“I see myself doing a heap of songs everyday in the future,” said the self-proclaimed prophet.

Acknowledging the life challenges he endured, the man of faith said: “Me a tell all of me brethren, God is a real God and, when you trust God, you are safe.”

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  1. duck1951 says:

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    Great story . Perseverance is key ! Like they say where there is a will there is a way .

  2. Departed says:

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    Thus why the NHI needed a comprehensive Health and Safety at Work Act.

    This crucial piece of legislation would place the onus on employers to ensure that workers are given adequate safety training from handling heavy goods (lifting) to working at heights (ladders etc.).

    Additionally, workers would be made more aware of defective of improper use of tools/equipment.

    Sorry to hear of your plight brother; however we live in a society here that cares less about the Health and Safety of its workers and more about squeezing blood out of those said employees!

    Is not H&S a part within the revised Labour code? Whom exactly audits/enforces breaches of this?

    • Check the Labor Code says:

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      BVI Labor Code as amended in 2012 requires health and safety at work. Problem is nobody is interested in that part of the law and there is zero consequence (just like with not following any other laws in the BVIs)

  3. hmmm says:

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    There is actually nothing that I have read do far that says the employer have any legal obligations for on the job injuries given that they pay social security which will cover work related injury for up to 70% of the salary and the medical bills which is limited.

    Sadly he is not the first nor will he be the last.

    however it is not just overseas companies,local company is the same.

    If you so happen to fall in this sad state pray that you are shown empathy but more so for the courage to deal with life changing experience. Which you all the best Richards

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