Spring 2021

Santhosh Varghese obituary

Last year Santhosh Varghese, a long-time employee of Strainstall Middle East, based in Dubai sadly died in an accident. He was on an assignment for James Fisher in Kenya working on a pile testing project for a bridge over a river. On his way home from work he was crossing the estuary near Mombasa in a small barge when one of the engines stopped, the boat listed then capsized. Everyone on board was rescued or managed to swim to safety except two people: Santhosh and his customer.

A thorough investigation has been completed which identified a series of contributing factors which in combination led to this awful event. Since then a number of actions have been taken on site to prevent such an accident occurring again. Santhosh is survived by his wife and son in Kerala, India, who have received support from his colleagues and Strainstall in this very tough time.

‘Recognising that we work in hazardous settings it is right and proper that we place safety at the top of our agenda,’ says CEO Eoghan O’Lionaird. ‘So, it is very sad to report that catastrophic outcomes can sometimes happen.’

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