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.

Margaret Holder, (inset) her husband Paul Holder
Margaret Holder, (inset) her husband Paul Holder

“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.

5 Responses to Widow issues warning after husband’s death

  1. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean December 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    She is so right. Why wasn’t wearing a harness. Please give these guys the safety tools to do their jobs safely

  2. Bajan Kelly December 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    We have a Safety and Health atWork Act in Barbados. Why is it not enforced?

  3. Mark Walkes December 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

    It is about time that Barbados review and update the Factories Act, with regards to Health and Safety. Employers must be held account for the safety and wellbeing of their employees. There are so many safety tools and equipment available in the wider marketplace to ensure workers in high risk employment are considered and adequately protected.

  4. mr young December 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    First let me start by saying my condolences to the family. Reviewing and updating the factories act would make no diffenenxe in this cause that act speaks to hazards within factories and workplaces which a general but there is an act that speaks to workplaces which the health and safety at work 2005-12 and would apply to this case. I can agree with giving people the right personal protective equipment but they also have to be trained to use this equipment. Also people need to do proper risk assessment of jobs before they start and a lot of incidents can be minimised or eliminated but you what businesses are all about he money and they care about the safety of people but when accidents happen they tell you sorry. Finally at the end of the day having all these acts in place and not enforced still don’t make a difference because when you as individual try to point out certain things you are victimized and seen as a trouble maker and maglnagement would tell wait if the enforcers don’t follow why should I. This would only stop when someone takes an incident to court and get a big pay out which would not stop the persons grieve though but I said that to say that we are a reactive society not proactive.

  5. Tracy December 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Those contractors should know better than that I think they should take the responsibility of his burial, he was also the grandfather of my 3kids.


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