Sanitation worker killed after metal lift collapses at Liliendaal
A sanitation worker was on Sunday killed after the external lift he was using at the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, collapsed on Sunday.
The dead man has been identified as 29-year-old Kevin Smith of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
Based on reports received, the now dead man was part of a team of sanitation workers who were contracted to clean the hospital. At about 08:00h on the day in question, the now dead man reported for work and began to clean the lower flat of the building, while other workers were cleaning the third flat.
However, at about 13:00h, he was asked to take some cleaning materials to the third flat.
As such, he used the stairs to the third flat where he delivered the items. Upon doing so, he reportedly used the metal lift located on the northern side of the building to return to the ground floor.
In doing so, the cord from the metal lift reportedly burst, thus causing the lift to go down at a fast rate of speed. Smith reportedly received injuries and was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was seen by a doctor on duty but died while receiving treatment. Doctors have since confirmed that the injured man sustained severe internal injuries as a result of the fall.
His body is currently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Investigations are ongoing.