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August 22, 2011
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Jamaican farm worker killed

Another Jamaican migrant worker has died, this according to a report in the UFCW Canada News.

THE STAR has learnt that the Jamaican died in a farm truck accident at an Ontario, Canada, tobacco farm.

THE STAR understands that this is the sixth Jamaican migrant worker to have been fatally injured in the past decade.

The name of the worker has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Reports are that he was killed near a Paris, Ontario, farm. It is understood that the worker was killed while driving a pickup truck towing a trailer packed with tobacco. The accident is still under investigation but preliminary reports indicate the man was fatally ejected from the pickup truck when the rig he was hauling flipped off the road.

More than 6,000 Jamaican migrant agricultural workers go to Canada each season under federally administered temporary worker programmes.

In 2002, Ned Pert, a 39-year-old Jamaican migrant worker at an Ontario tobacco farm, was killed when a tobacco bin collapsed on him. In 2005, William Bell and Desmond McNeil were killed near Delhi, Ontario, when a car struck them while they were bicycling to the farm they worked at.

Just a year ago, two Jamaican migrant workers at an Ontario farm died from exposure to toxic fumes while cleaning out a vat.

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