Construction worker dies after falling from 6-storey building
A 25-year-old construction worker died on Wednesday after he fell from a six-storey building under construction on Regent Street, Georgetown.
Dead is Lloyd Feroze.
Reports are that the incident occurred at about 13:35h at Lot 106 Regent Street, Georgetown.
This newspaper was told that the building under construction is owned by businessman Glenn Lall and his wife Bhena Lall.
Police have since said that Feroze was employed by foreman Peter Ramdoo of Skull City, Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WCD) for the past four months as a labourer.
According to the Police, the foreman reported that the labourer, of Sisters Village, WBD, was mixing cement on the ground floor, and on completion at about 13:25h, he walked up to the fourth floor of the building – which is presently under construction, and has an open space with a stairway in the centre. About two minutes later, he heard a crashing sound, and on checking, saw that Feroze had fallen to the ground from the fourth floor.
Feroze was picked up by an ambulance and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the time, the labourer was not wearing any safety gear, persons in the area have said.
Police say Feroze’s body was examined, and a puncture wound was observed at the back of his head. A post mortem examination will be conducted shortly.
Meanwhile, when Guyana Times arrived at the scene, Police ranks had already locked the gate to the unfinished building as they interviewed one of its proprietors and other workers.
Vendors close to the building claimed that the construction workers there are in the habit of working without safety gear.
“I sit down and I hear “boop!” so I say is something fall. So, I run in and I peep, and I realised that the child (man) fall from at the top of the building…Plus these men climbing these heights suppose to have straps… No safety,” one vendor said.
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton confirmed that the worksite has been closed to facilitate investigations by occupational health, and safety officers. (G1)