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UPDATE: ‘Quick action saved truck driver @ ports project’ – Matthew D. Trousdell

-contractor submits official report on incident
The pathway on which the accident took place has been repaired and strengthened. Photo: Team of Reporters
Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager for the IDL-Meridian project Mr. Matthew D. Trousdell. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager for the IDL-Meridian project Mr. Matthew D. Trousdell. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
North and South revetment connected. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
North and South revetment connected. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
Pile driving in progress. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
Pile driving in progress. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
View down north side of Cruise Pier. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
View down north side of Cruise Pier. Photo: IDL Projects & Meridian Construction
Calvin Smith aka 'Duck', the driver of a heavy duty truck servicing the Cruise Pier Development Project worksite today October 6, 2014 misjudged his manoeuvre causing the vehicle to topple sideways into the water. Photo: Team of Reporters
Calvin Smith aka 'Duck', the driver of a heavy duty truck servicing the Cruise Pier Development Project worksite today October 6, 2014 misjudged his manoeuvre causing the vehicle to topple sideways into the water. Photo: Team of Reporters
Moments ago today October 6, 2014, one of the heavy duty trucks working on the Cruise Pier Development Project site in Road Town fell into the ocean while delivering materials. Photo: Team of Reporters
Moments ago today October 6, 2014, one of the heavy duty trucks working on the Cruise Pier Development Project site in Road Town fell into the ocean while delivering materials. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager for the IDL-Meridian project Mr. Matthew D. Trousdell said that the onsite crew acted quickly to get Calvin ‘Duck’ Smith out of the truck he had been driving which had overturned into the water on Monday October 6, 2014.

In an email to this news site today October 8, 2014, Trousdell gave the official incident report on behalf of the contracting firm for which he spoke.

“First and foremost, Duck came out of this incident without any injury and we have to commend our onsite crew for acting swiftly to get him out of the truck,” said Trousdell to this news site.

“Over the past six weeks we have had ten trucks delivering ten loads of rocks per day to a total of 955 loads without any issues. Duck was on his third delivery when the incident occurred,” said Trousdell.

The official company report on the incident stated that the driver drove the truck too close to the downward slope.

“In an incident that took place on October 6, during the revetment works undertaken by IDL-Meridian as part of its cruise pier expansion contract, Calvin ‘Duck’ Smith, manoeuvred the truck he was driving too close to the downward slope of the revetment and at such an angle that caused the weight of the truck to topple the vehicle into the water,” said the report.

“Mr. Smith is a long time driver for Tortola Concrete Limited, a company contracted by IDL-Meridian to supply and deliver the rocks for the revetment works,” it said.

“The onsite crew acted quickly to pull Mr. Smith out of the truck after which he was taken to Peebles Hospital for assessment. Mr. Smith did not sustain injuries but was held for observation before being discharged the same afternoon,” the report said.

It said that an oil spill boom was deployed and this prevented the spread of the leaked engine oil from the truck.

“The vehicle was recovered quickly from the waters and the collapsed portion of the revetment was reconstructed with additional width allowance. The effect on the progress of the revetment works was minimal and activities were resumed within an hour and half of the incident,” the report from IDL-Meridian said.

It explained that the revetment – or reclamation berm – is a sloping structure designed to absorb the energy of the waves and water. “The revetment creates the outer wall for the reclaimed land that will provide parking for the expanded cruise pier,” it explained.

The report said that construction of the revetment involves the placement of a submerged, protective curtain to control turbidity escape prior to placing a wall of rocks around the designated reclamation area. “The rocks are delivered by trucks and are then arranged by heavy machinery to form a solid berm. The width of the track for the trucks and other machinery used to construct the berm is in excess of 16 feet,” the report said.

It said also that once the revetment has been completed, channel dredging will commence. The dredging is required to facilitate entry and maneuverability of the cruise ships and the dredged material will be used as fill for the land reclamation.

These works are being undertaken at the same time as the cruise dock expansion works, the report said.

See previous story published on October 6, 2014:

UPDATE: Driver misjudged manoeuvre, lost control - source

-escaped with cuts and bruises; Police investigating incident

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Calvin Smith aka 'Duck', the driver of a heavy duty truck servicing the Cruise Pier Development Project work site today October 6, 2014 misjudged his manoeuvre causing the vehicle to topple sideways into the water.

The driver is said to have escaped with cuts and bruises and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

“The driver was doing a routine dump, he misjudged the corner and weight of the truck turned it over,” said a source on the site, speaking to Virgin Islands News Online today.

“We haven’t gotten an official assessment from the hospital as yet,” said the source when asked about the fate of the driver of the hapless vehicle. “But we understand he is not in critical condition, just some minor cuts and bruises,” the source said.

“Further information will be provided after we would have done our official assessment,” said the source with which this news site spoke.

Public Relations Officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Diane Drayton confirmed with this news site that the Police are investigating the incident. She said that she could not release the name of the driver because of the fact that the investigation is ongoing.

It is unclear how the incident will affect the pace of the ongoing works.

See previous story published on October 6, 2014:

Work vehicle falls into ocean @ cruise dock worksite

-worker hospitalised; work ongoing to salvage vehicle

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Moments ago today October 6, 2014, one of the heavy duty trucks working on the Cruise Pier Development Project site in Road Town fell into the ocean while delivering materials.

It is reported that the person involved in the accident had to be hospitalized. Work is ongoing to bring the vehicle up from the water.

This news site will bring you more details as they become available.

54 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘Quick action saved truck driver @ ports project’ – Matthew D. Trousdell ”

  • .... (06/10/2014, 12:05) Like (31) Dislike (45) Reply
    What started wrong will end wrong get well soon mr smith
    • paul (07/10/2014, 07:57) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
      Man you so wicked minded to say that. This was a private vehicle used by someone who is not related to Government issues. The guy could have died!!! and here you go with your poor class judgement.
      • at paul (08/10/2014, 10:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        god will bless you. stupid people living so negative around here
  • billyb (06/10/2014, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ooops
  • Jokie (06/10/2014, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (15) Reply
    Hope it can swim.
    Hope it is insured against the ravage of sea water.
    Hope there is a ready replacement.
  • Yes (06/10/2014, 12:41) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Vino you got spyes all over...
  • Shaca Zulu (06/10/2014, 12:56) Like (29) Dislike (57) Reply
    NDP BAD LUCK JOMBIE FOR AYO!

    I heard they all went on a trip to get things in place but God don't sleep.

    A set of wolves in sheep clothing.
  • Wellsah... (06/10/2014, 13:03) Like (13) Dislike (44) Reply
    See now if NDP wasn't harden..this truck wouldnt fall in the water and ppl wouldn't get hurt..NDP turning the place over, one truck at a time...LOL (sarcasm). Hope the driver is doing ight now.
    • @ Wellsah... (06/10/2014, 21:56) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Apparently Brad Pitt is here though. Ope no, wait, it's just me.

      True story.

    • sexy (08/10/2014, 08:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      listen you all cruise pier is a great investment and it should continue cause behind every cloud is a silver lining, look at how much young peop are job less do you all have an idea of how many young people will be having a pay check after this, please people and cruise pier have nothing to do with hospital for thoses of you who keep blabbling your mouths ok. two different completely different ok, so be thankful we will be having something wonderful to add to our beaches and site seeing more tourist will be smiling when they come to the B V I
      • to sexy (08/10/2014, 15:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        4000 more people added to the beaches? yeh, I'm sure visitors want to see that.
  • lordy (06/10/2014, 13:42) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Duck? Hope you ok?
  • ccc (06/10/2014, 13:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope young smith is alright
  • hahahaha (06/10/2014, 14:01) Like (1) Dislike (31) Reply
    hahahahahahaha
  • >.< (06/10/2014, 14:15) Like (34) Dislike (7) Reply
    Okaayyy.. so a truck falls into the water and its NDP's fault? So if a hurricane come n knock all ayo trees down that going be their fault too? Smh Before ayo wish the injured worker a speedy recovery, ayo here worrying about NDP
  • f.gump (06/10/2014, 14:25) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    life is like a box of chocolates
  • ta ta (06/10/2014, 15:39) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    He was just looking for the sharks kedrick trying to save
    • At ta ta (06/10/2014, 20:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nah he was looking for your mother Sharks she try save down there
  • Yes (06/10/2014, 15:51) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    a ndp curse
  • kids (06/10/2014, 16:11) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    The sea soon claim it bak buh board walk strupes people well want job food to eat if we were getting tax return but no nothing
  • fish (06/10/2014, 17:16) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    He was looking for some fish soup
  • hmmmmmm (06/10/2014, 18:27) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    I guess it never had an accident doing a project vip planned. i guess accident don't happen. I don't understand how yall have to throw politics in any thing. people have alot of growing up to do . SMH
  • george w touch (06/10/2014, 18:28) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Its a duck they like water
  • At fish (06/10/2014, 18:30) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    He was looking fish soup? He was looking your mother.
  • driving (06/10/2014, 18:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he was not drinking.

    Have they address health and safety on this major project?

    • At driving (06/10/2014, 20:37) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Have they address your mother yet?
      • @At driving (07/10/2014, 06:42) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
        Just stfu!!! You are stupid. My Lord!!! Do you know that each construction project is comprised of a quality control plan, project management plan and a health and safety plan. It looks like all you can do is point fingers at someone's mom. I hope you know how your mother is getting food on the table and clothes on her back.
        • PS (08/10/2014, 10:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

          Strupessss stfu. You think they'll put somebody out there under alcohol dumb a..? Everybody out there got checked! My mother is good! Ah wan point my fingers at your mother too

  • Focus on Self (06/10/2014, 18:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    God is in control.......My prayers are with all the players involved especially the truck driver.......
  • xxxxxxxx (06/10/2014, 20:04) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    NDP need to pray from doing them other things
  • Huh? (06/10/2014, 20:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    But I thought the man is an employee of PWD ting to talk
  • Really (06/10/2014, 20:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I looked at the picture for about 3 seconds and knew it wasn't the real Jack because Duck is a good truck driver
  • duck (07/10/2014, 00:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Church out!!!
  • Plank (07/10/2014, 06:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like the semi circle, looks good as it is, nice pedestrian walk around the Sea, with a nice covered restaurant with local menu in the middle, that will be unique, different, the envy of the Caribbean. Walk around the Sea in the middle of the Sea. You sure you want to fill this in Mr. Minister, take a second look at it
  • can't believe (07/10/2014, 07:03) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can not believe the mentality of some of the people who live in our beautiful BVI. An accident occurs and instead of showing concern some chose to show their stupidity and turn it in to a free for all to criticize and make it political. No wonder our country can't get any better! Shame on those to do this!! Vino, let me see if you will post this.
  • Babezz (07/10/2014, 11:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It ah simple accident ppl get well soon babez muahz for ya bobo
  • duck (07/10/2014, 13:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Duck u always turning up for a truck
    • at duck (08/10/2014, 10:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      tell me who you is nuh? ayo people sooo negative!! he should turn up some fist in your ms
  • bay cave (07/10/2014, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the man went to look for whelks
  • nonsense.... (07/10/2014, 14:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why was the road made so Narrow in the first place?? Only asking for trouble making it so narrow and very little support for those HUGE trucks etc....come on man!!! the World watching and reading this messy mess....
  • virgin gorda (08/10/2014, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    They just trying to cover up the poor safety record of a corrupt project
  • hahahaha (10/10/2014, 09:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    hotta blazing fiya to all my 8ters
  • Slim Jim (10/10/2014, 10:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a thought. I may be wrong, but I dont recall this area of works being outlined in the original plans they presented to the public. In fact, when they first started filling in behind the Complex, I was told that it was for a "barge ramp" to offload supplies... sounded strange, i said OK. Then I say it extending eastward and thought "hmmm, they are reclaiming land now, but for what?". Now it comes out that this is for additional parking for the expanded cruise pier?
    Somethings just not adding up, and this project, while it certainly has its good points is being done in a shady manner and we, the voting public, are being kept in the dark. VIP, NPD, PEP, or whoever... we need to hold our Elected Representatives accountable for what they do because at they end of the day they are elected/hired to Represent Us.
    We can close our eyes, play the fool, and be as political as we want... things will not get any better unless we stop being narrow minded and selfish and demand better from these people. They are NOT better or smarter than us, but they sure are pulling the wool over our eyes and enriching themselves at our expense.
    This country doesn't need more politicians, just more people to actually care about whats going on and with a vision for the future. Will future generations have positive things to say about us or will they cover their heads in shame?
    • to slim jim (10/10/2014, 11:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      well done! I brought up the difference in plans and reclamation as well. what disheartens me is the plan presented to the public (if it is at all), often changes in reality to a bigger and more problematic development. this is not honest or transparent. Why can't the public be more involved, see the plans as being built, and quit being taken for a ride just because they have the power (and perhaps personal interest). What conservation and fisheries or even the environmental consultant "approved" often gets overridden disregarded. there is no urban planner or master plan consultant- let alone town and country with teeth, (Adams used to work for PA), or even inspectors. Any board in the states would have a 3-D mock up of the plan so a model can be seen. Computer-generated plans are often WRONG.
      Building procedures around here are truly "mickey mouse".


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