UPDATE: American visitor dies after falling 20 feet

Police have released the name of the American visitor who died at Indian Pond, St Joseph last night. He is 26-year-old Alex Miano.

Miano reportedly arrived here on Monday and was apparently working on a stage and lighting for Old Year’s Night celebration activities when he fell from a 20-foot scaffolding.

He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

9 Responses to UPDATE: American visitor dies after falling 20 feet

  1. Edward Millington
    Edward Millington December 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm


  2. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting December 31, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Sad. Condolences to his family and friends.

  3. lester December 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    sad indeed hope he was prepared to meet the master

  4. Brewster January 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Sad to hear this, but can’t quite understand why a visitor from overseas would be working on scaffolding???

  5. Laura Cyrankowski January 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the unexpected passing of Alex. He was such an amazing young man with such a bright future. All of you are in my thoughts & prayers. It pains me deeply to know the suffering & heartache that you are all experiencing! I know all the love & spirituality your wonderful Miano family possess, will help bring you peace & comfort through this most tragic event!! Love to all of you. God bless!

  6. John schroeder January 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    So so sorry all our prayers going your way.

  7. Tony Waterman January 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I too Must off up my Sincerest Condolences to Mr.Alex Miano’s Familie(s)

    BUT !!!!! is there going to be an Investigation into why he was allowed, by whomsoever was in control of that Staging Site , to allow him up there, without the Necessary Safety Harness to protect him against what exactly did happen.
    I am NOT quite sure, and would appreciate if someone/Anyone who has “FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE” of Barbados’s Labour Laws to reply with this Pertinent Information.
    If as Reported, this Guy is an American Citizen. we can be sure that there WILL be a CIVIL Lawsuit Coming around the Bend, as he should NOT have been allowed above

    at any point employees or anyone allowed on a construction Site are exposed to heights equal to or greater than these,(see below) they must have some sort of protection, whether it be fall arrest systems, railings, or some other means.

    For General Industry, this is at 4’.

    For Construction, the default is 6’.

    There is an instance in which there is NO minimum height, and it is important to understand. If your employees are working over dangerous equipment, machinery, or any hazard into which they could fall, they must have fall protection at all times or machine guarding needs to be put into place. No exception.

    According to Subpart L of the Construction regulations, fall protection on scaffolding is not required until you are greater than 10’ off the lower level.

    Mr.Miano fell from twice that Minimun Height (20ft) without a Safety Lanyard.

    Did this work site have ANY of these Basic International Construction Rules in Place, and are they actually covered by any of Barbados’ Labour Laws.

    (Are they any Labour laws in Place in Barbados, that target Construction Sites like these ???)

  8. Helicopter(8P) January 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Contractual Law! Work permit! S.O.P! Site manager’s authorisation and medical records!

  9. Jae Sprauve January 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    My Buddy and Business partner is missed tremendously already. With a heavy heart, I remain in Prayer for The Family and our Colleagues.


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