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Venezuelan dies after falling from local cineplex

File photo of UP’s Cineplex.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has confirmed the death of Jose Silva who died in a construction-related accident on Sunday afternoon, March 15.

Police Information Officer Akia Thomas said Silva was Venezuela national who “fell while working on the exterior of UP’s Cineplex” on the main island Tortola.

Thomas said Silva was pronounced dead at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital after 6 pm.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are not immediately clear to our news centre.

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  1. Hansen McRocks says:

    Receive him Lord. We pray that he did not experience any suffering.

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  2. Sad says:

    this guy wanted to go and see his family… I understand why there are rules for labor and Immigration… If there is no work.. you should not be risking your life for a buck.

    God Speed.

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  3. Diaspora says:

    Condolences to the family of Venezuelan that tragically lost his life. I don’t know what happened here so I will not comment on this specific fatal incident. However, construction is inherently dangerous and construction safety must be treated seriously with a sense of urgency and importance. Contractors, owners, institutions, government ………etc must move heaven and earth to ensure that long-standing and proven safety standards, practice should procedures……etc are strictly enforced and followed.

    Safety save lives and must be job one (1). No job is done well if it is done unsafely. Further, if we take a look at any construction site(s), we will see violations of basic safety practices, ie, no personal protection equipment (PPE), ie, hand, head, eyes, foot, hearing protection; no masks, respirators……etc. It is not uncommon to see people on roofs without tying off. This unsafe practice is an accident waiting to happen. I can go on and on. It is only by the grace of God that more safety incidents do not occur.

    Well, the safety concerns are not only construction sites but also on the roadways. The VI probably has more vehicle accidents per capita than anywhere else in the world. Nonetheless, whatever agency, ie, TCP, Public Works…..etc is responsible for enforcing safety practices must aggressively do so Is there an occupational safety and health (OSH) agency in the BVI and if no it needs one? Avoidable accidents cost families, insurers, employers, government ……etc, burdens the medical system and can cost lives, unnecessarily imposing pain and brief on loved one. Yes, we are in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic but we can walk and chew gum. Let’s get busy. We must protect our human capital.

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  5. Former PM BVI UK National says:

    Now this dose not surprise me. I have never in my life seen such shocking standards of H&S in the construction industry than them of the BVI. Timber scaffolding 10 to 12 lifts high with no design element what so ever, men waring sandals to work in. No proper means of working from height control measures. What a shocking place to work

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  6. Very sad says:

    …how many deaths does it take to enforce health and safety measures…

  7. des says:

    My condolensces to the family of this gentleman. This needs proper investigation

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