Probe into American visitor’s death

Labour officials are currently carrying out investigations into the death of an American visitor who died in a scaffolding accident at Indian Pond, St Joseph on New Year’s Eve.

Twenty-six-year-old Alex Miano was apparently working on a stage and lighting for Old Year’s Night celebration activities when he fell to his death from the 20-foot scaffolding.

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

Senior Safety Officer in the Labour Department Alison Elcock said the department was now carrying out a probe into the incident, having heard about it through the media.

Elcock would not discuss details of the investigation. However, she said in such situations the officers would try to get a sense of what happened at the time and the cause of the accident.

According to Elcock, the department would gather information to help inform recommendations for the prevention of a repeat of such accidents.

5 Responses to Probe into American visitor’s death

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

    What update.?

  2. Sue January 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    “having heard about it through the media”. Is there no protocol in place for reporting a safety related death at a job site? Good Grief, in the U.S. there would be an OSHA investigation at the very least!

  3. Donild Trimp January 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    The Labour Department investigating a scaffolding accident resulting in the death of the individual.

    The individual, an American visitor, was working on a stage when he fell from the 20-foot scaffolding.

    Probe started only after Ministry Officials heard about accident through the media.

    This matter should have been reported to the Ministry of Labour instead of them hearing about it through the media.

  4. Tony Webster January 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I feel anudder Esther law….stirring into action…”Thou mayest climb….but thou shalt not fall”. Er….this new law shall not apply to those who habitually climb coconut, golden apple, mango, plum, sugar-Apple, or ackee trees, (without their owners’ permission) the better to ease the weight of the fruits ( or even N.I.S. Funds) thereon and so avoiding breakage (or excessive build-up of idle funds) of the said branches.

  5. Helicopter(8P) January 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Any height over 18 feet should be harnessed by a monkey-harness as we call it aboard the choppers!


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