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Construction worker dies ‎in‎ freak accident at Negril hotel site‎

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 6:45 AM

Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

WESTERN BUREAU:
Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says officials from his ministry have been deployed to the scene of the Karisma Hotel group’s Azul Seven Project in Negril, Hanover where a Chinese worker died in what has been described in a freak accident last night.

“They are coming to check on what has taken place,” McKenzie told The Gleaner a short while ago. 

“They should be there already; checking to make sure everything in terms of the safety aspect is OK and see what has taken place.”

“What we understand is that there was some mishap with an elevator; he was clearing something from under the elevator, but they did not know that anyone was there and they pressed the elevator and while going down, the cable apparently, almost severed his head.  

The police have been on the scene and it is a matter the police has confirmed so it has nothing to do with anything structural … it was just an unfortunate freak accident,” McKenzie said.

This is the second mishap at a hotel site in Negril within two months. 

Last month, five construction workers were badly injured at the Royalton Negril hotel site at Rutland Point in the resort town after the decking at a section of the hotel collapsed on them.