https://newsweekespanol.com/2024/04/23/haitiano-sufre-accidente-laboral-en-tijuana-empresa-lo-deja-solo/

Overview:

Abandoned by his employer after a work accident, Maxo Dorvil, a Haitian national faces the risk of losing four fingers following a workplace accident in Tijuana, Mexico, where his employer has abandoned him. The individual, a former journalist, sustained severe injuries while working in construction.

NEW YORK- Maxo Dorvil, a Haitian migrant living in Tijuana, Mexico faces challenges after sustaining an injury in a workplace accident, local media reported. A former journalist, Dorvil worked in radio and print media for 19 years but turned to construction work due to a lack of legal documentation in Mexico.

Tragedy struck Dorvil on April 19th when he sustained a workplace accident, resulting in the fracture of four fingers on his right hand, according to Newsweek/Spanish. During a routine task of cement mixing, Maxo inadvertently placed his hand on the mixer, which was switched off at the time. However, a co-worker unintentionally activated the machine, trapping Maxo's fingers for nearly thirty minutes.

Despite the severity of the accident, Dorvil encountered further challenges upon seeking medical assistance. The company he works for covered only the initial consultation fees, leaving him uncertain about his financial compensation. Dorvil faces financial barriers to further treatment, leaving Dorvil uncertain about the fate of his injured fingers. Additionally, the company's requirement for him to check in daily for work attendance, despite his inability to perform duties due to injury, adds another layer of complexity to his situation.

Dorvil, 44 years old, has lived in Tijuana since November 2023. A former journalist, Maxo's career spanned 19 years in radio and print media. However, due to needing more legal documentation in Mexico, he transitioned to construction work. His decision to leave Haiti stemmed from escalating violence and threats, which endangered both himself and his family, Dorvil said to Newsweek/Spanish.

Dorvil's case underscores broader challenges faced by migrant communities, particularly concerning access to healthcare. The lack of legal documentation, such as the CURP key, required in Mexico, further complicates matters, restricting access to formal employment and benefits.

Ralph Delly is an award-winning music and entertainment journalist with extensive experience covering the Haitian Music Industry and the Haitian-American community. He has worked in Haiti and the United States at such media organizations as Radio Metropole, WNWK/107.5 FM, Radio Soleil d’Haïti and The Haitian Time – where he penned the popular “The Delly Dish” gossip column. Dellys has worked with numerous artists in the HMI, including Zin, Lakol, Phantoms, Zenglen, Sokute, Jam, See Well and 509 – to name a few. Delly graduated from Carlos Albizu University of Miami and City College of New York (CUNY)

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