bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Tuesday 24.01.2017 | Name days: Krišs, Eglons, Ksenija
LatviaLatvia

Former Maxima employee: management asked us to remain in our seats

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAfter the alarm went off on the day of Zolitude tragedy in Maxima Latvija store on Priedaines Street, the store’s management urged employees to remain in their seats. The management claimed that ‘everything was alright’.

One victim of the tragedy – a former Maxima employee – requested EUR 3,000 moral compensation. The woman says the alarm went off at 17:00. According to her, the alarm remained active for approximately 20 minutes. The victim explains that the management of the store urged employees to remain in their places, claiming that everything would be fine.

She said the alarm was also triggered on the day before the tragedy.

One of the witnesses – an officer of the State Fire and Rescue Service – says that the trade union encouraged members to apply for moral compensation, but he cannot remember what amount he requested. He arrived at the scene after the second roof collapse. Although he was on his holiday when the tragedy occurred, he was called in.

The rescuer received a back injury as a result of an accident at the ruins of the store. He added that his injury does not prevent him from working. Nevertheless, he is no longer able to engage in wrestling as he used to.

The court went through the witness’s testimony. His requested compensation was EUR 10,000.

Another victim of the tragedy had requested compensation of EUR 10,000. He had entered the store on the day of the tragedy with his girlfriend after training. He did not receive any injuries when the roof collapsed. He could not recall when he and his girlfriend had entered the store. He did say it was already dark.

When asked if anything had seemed different about Maxima that day, the only thing the man said was there had been fewer people than usual at the store. When the roof collapsed, he said he though a bomb had exploded, as it ‘was suddenly loud’.

Another victim of Zolitude tragedy requested EUR 10,000 moral compensation. The victim often went to Maxima store because she was working in a fitness club, where she had gone with a friend on the day of the tragedy – the aforementioned man. According to her, she had arrived at Maxima store seven to ten minutes before the tragedy.

According to the young woman, there had been no signs that the roof could have collapsed.

Another victim requested EUR 100,000 moral compensation and more than EUR 60,000 material compensation for lost income in SFRS – he was forced to retire because of injuries sustained as a result of the tragedy.

He had arrived at the scene after the first collapse. The second collapse of the remaining roof structure is what caused his injuries. He was found more than three hours later and was quickly hospitalized.

Another Maxima employee, who worked in that particular store since its opening, also testified. According to her, many buyers had left once the alarm was triggered. She, on the other hand, «had no idea who to ask what to do». Her testimony states that the alarm went off shortly after 16:00 and remained active for a long time.

She also confirmed that no one told the store’s employees what to do. None of the employees were evacuated. In addition, she said the store had suffered from often alarm triggers.

Today it was announced that Maxima’s defence in the Zolitude tragedy criminal case will be provided by lawyer Aleksandr Berezins.

Ref: 102.109.109.6782


Leave a reply

Survey: 83% of residents are dissatisfied with government’s work

Residents expressed the biggest amount of disappointment with the government’s work, which received sharp criticisms last November. Previously, the government’s work assessment declined by seven points. Scepticism became only sharper in December, dropping by 11 points, according to data from Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer.

EM: construction businessmen will have to submit data to registry once a year

On Tuesday, 24 January, Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to rules that govern construction businesses registration. Those amendments provide for expansion of information submitted to Construction Information System to secure information accessibility...

New cargo transshipment record at Klaipeda port

Last year, Klaipeda port registered a new record cargo transshipment-wise, becoming the leader among Baltic States, according to data published by the port.

Kozlovskis: bombing threats in Latvia on a rise

Recent bombing threats have impacted the work of shopping centres and other businesses in Latvia, said Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Kenny to be proposed for post at RJA after learning Latvian language

The newly-elected rector of Riga Graduate School of Law Mel Kenny will be proposed for approval in the Cabinet of Ministers after he achieves the necessary Latvian language knowledge level appropriate for the post.

Economist: residents’ expectations will reduce real estate price rise

The value of SEB Housing Price Index, which is the difference between the number of people who predict apartment price rise and those who predict price decline, declined to 36.5 points at the end of 2016.

SES: approximately 2 m3 oil leak took place in Plavini HES

A 2 m3 oil leak from a written-off high power transformer has taken place in the territory of Plavini hydroelectric station. This leak has caused pollution and a threat to the environment, as reported by State Environmental Service representative Maruta Buklevica.

LPCS: average milk procurement price has grown provisionally

The average milk procurement price in Latvia grew in December by 7.6% in comparison with November. In comparison with December 2015, the price grew by 38.5%, according to provisional data from Central Union of Latvian milk manufacturers.

VIDEO: an «open» meeting of Ventspils University College Senate held behind closed doors

On 19 January 2017, a meeting of Ventspils University Senate was held. Without prior informing of society, this meeting was attended by infamous Ventspils resident Aivars Lembergs and 1st deputy chairman of Ventspils City Council for matters of infrastructure and the so-called curator of the education institution Janis Vitolins.

EM: a model is chosen to make gas trade process less complicated

A model has been chosen to make the gas trade process less complicated and more comprehensible for consumers. All interactions with customers will be performed by the trader – one contract, one receipt and one customer service, leaving technical matters to the transmission system’s operator, as BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

Reirs: ME system is good, but only in relation to the people that need it

Estonia’s experience shows that there can be significantly larger minimal wages and significantly lower unemployment level than what is found in Latvia, Diena was told by Welfare Minister Janis Reirs.

LBLA: businesses in Latvia find it difficult to produce biological food

There is still a disproportion between production and processing volumes of biological agriculture products in Latvia. Companies produce more than they process. This is why it is important to develop processing, believes board member of Latvian Biological Agricultural Association and Aloja Starkelsen Janis Garancs.

PHOTO: women’s solidarity march in Riga

On Saturday, 21 January, voluntary women’s solidarity events under a single title – Sister march – were organized around the world. In Riga, the event gathered at least 200 people.

De facto: NA opposes businessmen’s efforts to change requirements for guest workers

Business organizations want the government to review requirements for attraction of guest workers, because it is nearly impossible to find workers in many fields. But the proposal’s viewing in the government has come to a halt because of arguments against it from the National Alliance, as reported by De Factor programme of LTV.

Kudors: Baltics should arm themselves with strategic patience

In relations with Russia, Baltics should arm themselves with strategic patience in the next several years, as stated in Latvia’s Foreign Policy Institute’s compilation on Latvia’s external and security policy.

Little precipitation is expected in Latvia this week; frost expected

On Monday, 23 January, weather in Latvia will be dictated by a small low atmospheric pressure area. With that, some precipitation is expected in many parts of Latvia: mostly rain and wet snow. Wind will draw in from the south-west and air temperature will stay within 0° C… +4° C, as reported by Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. CIA declassifies document on Lithuania’s post-WWII guerrillas

A report about guerrilla fighting against the Soviet occupation after World War II is among hundreds of thousands of declassified documents published online by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

People no longer believe in their own country, because they associate it with people who make decisions

The biggest threat to Latvia is the fact that society, including state officials, is afraid. People are afraid of change, afraid of voicing their thoughts (thoughts that often do not comply with the politically correct stance), afraid of being misunderstood. Fear makes it harder to develop. It limits people’s internal freedom. Such is the opinion Inga Antane, president of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics and sworn attorney of Triniti law firm, explained in her interview to Atbalsts.

Expert: «Lithuania’s renewed National Security Strategy is a «hodgepodge»

This week, the Lithuanian Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a renewed National Security Strategy, laying out 14 major hazards and risk factors to national security.

Industry: advertisements contribute the entire economy of the European Union

Every euro invested in advertisement has seven times the influence on a country’s GDP. Every one euro brings seven euros in return to the country’s GDP, as emphasized by Latvian Advertising Association, noting that advertisement sector contributes to employment in all of the European Union.

Six deputies applied with administrative penalties in Saeima’s autumn session

According to information provided to the parliament, six deputies were applied with administrative penalties during Saeima’s autumn session.

Slower economic growth for Estonia forecast – at 2.2% - for 2017

The economic growth of Estonia in 2017 will be slower than previously expected, Swedbank economists have announced lowering their previous economic forecast for the Baltic country by 0.2% to 2.2%.

Latvian and Lithuanian authorities dismantle two criminal groups

Latvian State Revenue Service’s Finance Police has successfully apprehended two organized crime groups that caused significant damage to the state budget in 2015 and 2016 by realizing different VAT fraud schemes.

Estonia to drop special pensions, push forward sweeping pension reforms

The Estonian government has decided to drop special pensions and to push forward with plans regarding other significant changes in the pension system, including tying the retirement age to the average life expectancy.

KNAB performs inspection about Jakrins’ approval in the board of Rīgas satiksme

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau intends to inspect if the approval of acting head of Riga City Council’s Transport Department Emils Jakrins in the management board of Rīgas satiksme had any signs of breach of good management principles.