Forklift accident kills man

Government agencies are investigating the death of a security guard at the Cayman Islands Port Authority Cargo Distribution Centre.

According to police officers at the scene of Monday’s accident, the victim was struck and killed by a forklift at the centre, which is along Portland Rd. just west of the Owen Roberts International airport.

The 911 Emergency Call Centre was contacted about the accident at 8.44am. An ambulance transported the victim to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police identified the guard as a 43-year-old man from the Philippines.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Employment Relations’ Occupational Health and Safety Office are investigating the incident.

It’s unclear why the victim was near a forklift, but an RCIPS spokesperson said that was one of the issues under investigation.

The Department of Employment Relations, which looks into workplace accidents, said it would review what happened and make safety recommendations if any are warranted.

The Caymanian Compass has learned the guard who died in Monday’s accident was injured less than a year ago while on a different job.

Officials at the Cayman National Bank Centennial Towers Branch in West Bay said the man had been working there last year when a group of robbers held up the bank.

During that 10 March 2006 heist, police said one of the robbery suspects shot the guard in the arm after he locked the bank door attempting to keep the suspects out of the business.