Breadfruit picker suffers electric shock
Fifty-seven year old Ivor Griffith cheated death this morning, after suffering electric shock and falling from a more than 20-foot breadfruit tree at Farm Tenantry, St Peter.
Griffith, who was rushed to hospital by ambulance, was reported this evening to be in stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he was being treated for injuries sustained to his left shoulder, as well as a bruise to his right hand.
Police say based on their investigations, Griffith, who is of no fixed place of abode, was picking breadfruits when the metal rod he was using came into contact with high tension wires.
Owner of the breadfruit tree, Ivor Jones, who was at work at the time, said he was only made aware of the incident when he returned home around 4 p.m.
Griffith’s sister Janice, who spoke to Barbados TODAY after visiting with him at the QEH, said she was at work when she received a call informing her that her brother had fallen from a tree, while picking breadfruits.
She also reported that he was treated in the QEH’s Accident & Emergency Department, but said up until late this evening he had not been admitted to a ward.
Today’s incident also triggered a power outage in the area.
In a statement this evening, Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) said it was alerted to the situation around 11:06 a.m. by a customer,
who had indicated that the power supply in the area had been cut.
Electricity was restored to Burma Road, St Peter and its environs at 12:37 p.m., BL&P added.