A 27-year-old Jamaican male died on Saturday following an industrial accident on Cayman Brac.
The accident occurred at Scott’s Development Quarry on the West End of the Island.
A media release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service states, ‘At approximately 1.10 pm the 911 Communications Centre received a call that a male had fallen into a piece of heavy machinery. Emergency services were notified and responded immediately. Unfortunately the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor from Faith Hospital.’
Cayman Free Press contacted Chief Inspector Beersingh at the Creek Police Station and he confirmed there was a disturbance at the work site following the accident, ‘but it was nothing the police couldn’t handle and the situation was brought under control. No arrests were made.’
Police are now trying to determine exactly how the accident occurred and an investigation is under way. Employees from Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Employment Relations Department, were also sent over to the Brac to investigate the worksite; however this is now normal practice after a serious workplace accident or fatality.
The piece of equipment involved is known as a gravel wash machine. The machine moves crushed rock along a conveyor and it is sprayed with water to clean it up. Somehow the man got caught in this piece of machinery.
The RCIPS has not released the name of the deceased but sent out its condolences to his family and friends.