Construction worker dies after falling from building
An 18-year-old construction worker lost his life on Tuesday morning after falling from the fourth floor of a building in Georgetown.
The worker, identified as Javid Shaw from Dochfour, East Coast Demerara, was working on the fourth floor of an apartment building at Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park, when he fell.
According to eyewitnesses, Shaw was attempting to ascend to the upper levels of the building when he lost his balance and fell. He struck a metal loading tray housing a generator before landing on the ground.
The impact of the fall rendered him unconscious, and he was rushed to a city hospital, where he was in critical condition until he succumbed to his injuries.
Just a few months ago a labourer died after falling from a building under construction at Sheriff Street, Campbellville, Georgetown.
Kevin [only name given], of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, had perished in that accident.
Following the accident, Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton reiterated his commitment to ensuring safe working conditions for all workers, irrespective of the industry. He said he firmly believes that work-related fatalities are unacceptable and vowed to address unsafe work practices and workplace conditions through comprehensive inspections across construction sites and other workplaces.