Man killed at Beach Bay building site

| 15/03/2016 | 16 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS) Updated 6:23pm Tuesday: Police have named the 63-year-old man who died today as a result of an industrial accident on a building site in Lower Valley. He was Cecil Hedges of George Town. According to the RCIPS, at about 12.15pm Tuesday, 15 March, emergency services personnel, fire and police officers and representatives of Workplace and Labour Safety attended Natures Circle off Beach Bay Road, following a report that a man had been seriously injured, though no details of the nature of the accident have been released.

The police report suggests that the man succumbed to his injuries at the site and was then taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town. Investigations are continuing by the relevant agencies, and his identity will be released once his next-of-kin have been informed, police said.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family of Cecil Hedge. You will be greatly missed. We will always cherish the good times that we had at Guy’s Hill Gospel Hall. May your soul rest in peace.

    The Francis Family in Miami.

  2. SocialiteCommenta says:

    Hold your horses people. Unless you guys have the full story and accident report. Everybody turn lawmaker editor and head bottle washer without even knowing the cause of the accident. All that is said is it was an “industrial accident” do you really get negligence or CN from that ?
    Any Lill reason to criticise and point fingers at government agencies na true.
    Well everybody may start singing a different song once you learn of his nationality then it will be ” these other people not from here don’t know how to ….therefore ”
    Condolences to the family.

    • Judine Hedge says:

      What does his nationality have to do with anything ? First of all my uncle was a hard working man, he works for that company for 25 years and lived in the Cayman Island for over 35 years . Right now the pain my family is going through words can’t explain , and you’re on here talking about wait until you find out what nationality he was . ( He’s a Jamaican ) What? you think because someone wasn’t born in the Cayman Island they didn’t know what they are doing ? Do you even know the way he died ? Might as well you didn’t comment.

  3. da-wa-u-get says:

    From most of the above comments I must assume the cause of the accident has been determined! Fast work indeed!

    • Judine Hedge says:

      My uncle Cecil Hedge ( not Hedges) I miss you so much, our family will never be the same without you. My uncle was a devoted husband, father , brother ,uncle ,friend and a real family person. He works really hard to provide for his family, there’s no words to express what my family is going through right now .It hurts like hell . I love you so much uncle rest in peace until we meet again. You will forever be in our heart, if everyone would take a page from your book the world would be a better place because you loved everyone and you’re always loved by everyone . We will forever celebrate your life. Love always

  4. SSM345 says:

    Perhaps all these local contractors who flout the law when it pertains to their employees safety on a job site should be given a tour of DARTs projects where safety is paramount and implemented to a very high standard and evidenced by their 1 million plus hours (or whatever the total now is) without an accident?

    • Anonymous says:

      No, 1:40, we are far too busy crying down Dart and saying how terrible he is for the Cayman Islands to care about such things as the firm’s wonderful safety record, the high quality of their construction and the very large number of Caymanians (yes, the REAL ones, haters) they employ on good salaries and conditions of service.

    • Anonymous says:

      1;40 I totally agree with you.

      let me say this, the Construction industry has been used as a foot stool for too long, Government is now forced by a small hand full of Builders to implement a builders law to regulate and instill safety within.
      The caliber of people running around calling themselves builder/contractors is baffling.

      I say this, because programs,safety seminars and workshop are put in place by the planning department and the contractor’s association, but these cowboys never attend…they don’t really know what it is to be a professional contractor, their’e just in it for the few dollars they can get from it, there is no structure to their so- call business.

      ironically, these are the guys that are always busy, due to operating outside the laws, until government clamp down on these home owners, customers and builders who are perpetrating these illegal acts.

      Not only costumers are guilty, large construction companies are also hiring these fly-by-night builders. they sub-let their work to them because they work for half the prices of the going rates, they assist these guys rob the government of revenues…it has to stop.
      The rates they are charging are 1980 rates, building cost..inflation rates have risen 500% since then.

      The cost of construction has risen like everything else, but the greedy construction managers and project managers are acting as contractors who then receive the contract money from the clients, then nickle and dime these cowboys.

      it never was like this until this system arrived on our shores during the development of the Ritz Carlton hotel.

      The down side of this is, where as, the contract was agreed between the owners and the builders, the project was built without any agents skimming up to 25% off the top.

      Today we have up to 30 of these agents robbing the builders of the prescribed monies for these projects.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family of this man. Just last week I posted about poor safety practices at workplaces in the Cayman Islands. The accident at the mansion in Pease Bay last year and the collapse of the scaffold at a Down Town building prior to that were warnings which were ignored.

    Standard regulatory response in Cayman – have no rules and do nothing until a tragedy happens, then go overboard with regulations coming out of ying-yang, which eventually stifle the industry in question.with costs which go beyond reason!! Same process will now apply!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very sad. Condolences to his family.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family. How tragic. But Lord help him because the Labour Office cannot even collect your unpaid wages and vacation pay and now we are expecting them to investigate an industrial fatal accident.

  8. Coconut Palm Construction says:

    WHEN is the Country going to get SERIOUS about workplace safety especially at construction sites. It is very sad that yet another life has had to be lost due to lack of enforcement and lack of serious OSH laws. With that said, the Dlp is to be commended for the work they do with the limited resources they have and the piss poor legislation they have to work with. What is needed is FINES, serious fines of consequential amounts, minimum of $10000. May the good Lord bless the soul of the deceased and keep his family and employer in his arms.

    • Contractor says:

      This is one of the reasons why we need the new Builders Law.
      Every company needs to be compliant, with all the laws, including safety.

      • Anonymous says:

        8:32 All the Builders Law seems intended to do is protect the cosy cartel of major contractors who currently flout the building regulations, don’t operate to any recognised safety protocols and pay their workers a pittance. I can’t see how anyone regards it as a step forward because if anything it could make things a lot worse. Both you and I know that like most other legislation it will subject to selective enforcement so everyone with the right connections will just ignore it. What you really need is a local equivalent of OSHA or the HSE with powers to shut down sites and fine or imprison delinquent employers.

        • Abrana Banks says:

          And how will that (OSHA AND HSE) differ from the others which you claim are now operating in a biased manner

      • Anonymous says:

        Laws can be made but if they are not followed or enforced then what is the point. We already have Health and Safety under the Labour Law and that is not enforced. We have Pension and Health Insurance Laws and those are not enforced. We have now tasked the Trade & Business Licensing Authority to police the health and pension. And now we are hearing that the Builders Law will do the same. What is the point of making laws that are not enforced or enforceable.

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