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Emergency vehicles were tied up at time of fatal accident

Emergency vehicles were tied up on other jobs at the time of an industrial accident that claimed the life of a construction worker at Morgan’s Point.

Workers from the former base land in Sandys have questioned the speed of the response to the accident, in which part of a building collapsed on foreman Millard Bean, 47, as he worked on the site.

No fire trucks were available at the nearby Port Royal station in Southampton, according to a joint statement from the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Fire Service.

“Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” a spokeswoman for BHB and the Fire Service said.

“Both hospital and fire service ambulances were responding to multiple calls at the time an emergency response was requested at Morgan’s Point. Due to the nature of the accident, a fire truck was required, which had to come from Hamilton.

“Emergency responders arrived as soon as possible to safely retrieve the individual, provide medical assistance and take him to hospital.”

She added that no further statement on the matter could be issued until the conclusion of the inquiry into the February 5 accident.

Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Office is looking into what happened.

The site, an area of derelict buildings near George’s Bay, was undergoing asbestos abatement by a number of local firms.

Several companies were working on refurbishments at Morgan’s Point, which developers plan to convert into a resort. Plans for the site called for buildings to be renovated rather than demolished.

Mr Bean’s widow, meanwhile, said she had concerns over the inspection carried out at the site, which is being managed by Government’s Office of Project Management and Procurement (OPMP).

Lorrie Bennet-Bean told

The Royal Gazette she had no issue with husband Millard Bean’s employer, Island Construction.

“I am looking forward to more investigation into the Government inspection of the site before the workmen went in,” Ms Bennet-Bean added.

On the response time of emergency services, she said: “They did what they could.”

Last night a spokesperson for the OPMP said work had restarted on the site, but not in the area where the accident occurred.

She added that the Bermuda Police Service, Department of Health and Ministry of Public Works had been investigating and evaluating the site following the accident and that investigations were continuing.

“The Morgan’s Point Site has a strict safety and health policy in place which includes compliance with applicable safety and health regulations,” the OPMP statement added.

“All personnel working or visiting the site are required to abide by the safety and health protocols at all times. To ensure that personnel working at the site were informed of the applicable rules, all were required to participate in a safety and health induction prior to commencing work at the site.

“Following the accident and prior to recommencing work, all personnel were required to participate in a second induction to reiterate the importance of strict compliance with the safety and health protocols.“

The accident was a double tragedy for Ms Bennet-Bean, as the couple were mourning the loss of her son, Torrie Baker, 25, killed in a January 25 crash in St George’s.

Emergency: Fire engines and ambulances faced multiple jobs at the time of the fatal accident at Morgan’s Point, emergency services revealed (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published February 19, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm)

Emergency vehicles were tied up at time of fatal accident

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