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Tributes paid to ‘remarkable person’ who died after accident

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An elevator engineer has died after an industrial accident at a Hamilton office, police said yesterday.

Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan was carrying out maintenance work at Seon Place on Front Street on Tuesday when the incident happened.

According to police, Mr Vaughan, 47, was working in a room on the tenth floor of the building when he fell off a ladder, striking his head.

An ambulance and fire crew were called to the scene and the injured man was taken to hospital. He died from his injuries a short time later.

Scene of tragedy: Robert Vaughan died in an industrial accident at Seon Place on Front Street (Photograph supplied)

A police spokesman said: “Despite life-saving efforts as he was rushed unconscious to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, Mr Vaughan was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Robert Vaughan

“Police officers then attended Seon Place to conduct initial inquiries, along with a Government Occupational Safety and Health official.

“The investigation regarding this fatal industrial incident is ongoing.

“An autopsy is anticipated, but foul play is not suspected.”

Mr Vaughan was employed as an engineer by Bermuda Elevator Systems Ltd.

BESL owner Colin Smith paid tribute yesterday to “a true professional”.

Mr Smith said: “On behalf of his entire team at Bermuda Elevator, we extend our sincerest condolences to Robert’s family and friends.

“As a colleague, Robert was truly a remarkable person with great leadership potential, so his sudden passing is devastating to everyone who had the privilege of working with him.

“He approached every day with enthusiasm and determination even when under pressure and these qualities made him a true professional. He had a zest for life that was contagious, and everyone enjoyed his presence, advice, and talent.

“He is a great loss to the industry and will be sorely missed by all of us.”