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Comments on the Standard,
COMMERCIAL DIVING OPERATIONS
Requirements for Safety
The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards is issuing the following
draft National Standard for public comment:
Commercial diving operations -- Requirements for safety (1st Revision)
SCOPE OF PROPOSED DRAFT STANDARD
This draft standard speci es
minimum organizational and
logistical requirements for
commercial diving operations in
Trinidad and Tobago. It establishes
uniformity of practice for major
aspects of such operations with the
aim of safeguarding the health and
safety of all personnel in the
REASON FOR REVISION
This draft standard is a revision of
TTS 539:1997, Code of practice for
safety in commercial diving
operations and incorporates health
and safety requirements in keeping
with current industry practices and
TTS 539:1997 will be withdrawn
when this draft standard is declared.
CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS
11 May, 2015
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO BUREAU OF STANDARDS
1-2 Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, Tunapuna
The draft standard will be
available for review on the
and at the Bureau's
Parties which may be a ected by the proposed
draft standard may also submit their concerns
and justi cations, in writing, to the:
Head, Standardization Division,
Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards,
P.O. Box 467, P.O.S.
via email to:
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Soca artiste Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc
yesterday testified that he hid his face
behind the headrest of the front seat in
a police vehicle to preserve his "good
looks" after officers arrested him for
using obscene language during a 2010
concert atop San Fernando Hill.
Le Blanc, of Ackbarli Trace, Malabar,
Arima, gave evidence before Magistrate
Natalie Diop in the San Fernando Sixth
Court. He is charged with using obscene
language while performing at the Funky
Monkey: Christmas Edition party on
December 18, 2010, and spitting on PC
Although he admitted to using coarse
language, he denied spitting on Eastman,
saying he was wet from sweat and the
alcoholic beverages that the angry crowd
was throwing at them.
He claimed it was Eastman who
assaulted him with three baton blows to
his chest. He said Eastman then told him,
"lean back and hush your mouth."
Le Blanc said, "I rested my head on
the front seat rest because of fear. I was
afraid he hit me in the face. I did not
want to destroy my good looks."
He further testified that about 12.45
am at the concert, he used obscenities
because of problems with the micro-
phone. Eventually the music was cut off
and he saw officers on the stage.
He said when he asked, "that s it
they?" an officer nodded his head, so he
left the microphone at the DJ s table and
walked off. This led to the crowd booing
and as he reached the base of the stair-
case, he heard "I never like he" and an
officer handcuffed him.
He said he looked back to the stage
and asked an officer with "two stripes"
if "I lock up?" and the officers nodded.
He denied being cautioned, shown any
identification that they were police offi-
cers, told of his legal rights, or the reason
for his arrest.
However, he said, he stretched out his
hands and told the officers he did not
want any trouble and would not resist
After he was handcuffed, he said, the
crowd became noisy and people shouted,
"leave the boy."
He then accused Eastman of putting
his hands on the chains of the handcuff
and pulling him off the stairs and into
mud where he almost fell.
He said the crowd turned hostile and
threw cups and ice in their direction.
While Eastman escorted him through the
crowd, he said the officer told him, "that
is what allyuh like" and struck him with
the baton once on his leg and twice on
He said Eastman then shoved him in
the back of a police vehicle and he was
taken to the Mon Repos Police Station
and left in a holding cell for hours.
He said that when he was released, he
went to the San Fernando General Hos-
pital for treatment.
The matter was adjourned to April 15.
Benjai: I wanted to
protect my looks
Soca artiste Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc
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