Widow issues warning after husband’s death
As she struggles to come to terms with the untimely passing of her husband, Margaret Holder today made an impassioned plea to local construction workers to take greater care when on the job.
The widow of 57-year-old painter Paul Holder, who succumbed yesterday to a serious head injury he suffered after falling from the fifth floor of Divi Southwinds resort last month, told Barbados TODAY she was particularly concerned about those workers operating under hazardous conditions, as she appealed to them to think more about their safety and to be extremely cautious.
“They need to secure themselves and whoever employs them should be able to get the right gear for them. They have to be careful and use the right gear if they are going up on heights and make sure they have the right tools,” she said, explaining that in her husband’s case “we didn’t expect he would have fallen”.
“He was painting for all of his lifetime and that one fall took him away,” the grieving widow said of the father of six, who went into an immediate coma after the November 10 incident and never came out.
Holder recalled that she last visited with him in hospital on Saturday and had remained hopeful, like many of his family and friends, that he would soon wake up and eventually pull through.
However, she said yesterday she was quite distraught when she got the disturbing news.
“As the doctor said, the head injury didn’t look so good and he never come out of that coma,” she said.