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Labour accident kills man at Vasilikos, second in 24 hours

A 56-year-old man from Dherynia, Andys Evangelis, died on Tuesday afternoon after a work accident in Vassilikos, the second within 24 hours.

The accident occurred at around 10am during the loading of a generator from a truck with the help of a crane. Under conditions being investigated, the crane’s wire broke and its hook fell and hit Evangelis, who was the truck’s driver, on the head and shoulder.

He was rushed to the Limassol general hospital but despite the efforts of the doctors to keep him alive, he died at around 4pm.

Police and the labour ministry’s labour inspection office are investigating the conditions of the accident.

On Monday, 54-year-old Giorgos Georgiou died after being buried at around 1.40pm under a pile of earth in Limassol. He was painting a retaining wall of a private property in Ayios Tychonas, when piles of earth collapsed and trapped him.

Firefighters, police and officials from the labour department all aided in the rescue efforts.

The man’s body was found around five hours later and he was pronounced dead by state pathologist Nicholas Charalambous, who was at the scene. According to the post-mortem he died of asphyxiation.

But authorities on Tuesday said the accident involving Georgiou could have been avoided.

According to senior official of the labour inspection office Evangelia Tsoulofta the risk of the soil slide could have been foreseen and the accident could have been prevented.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Tsoulofta said the ongoing investigation is expected to show who was responsible.

She stressed that risk assessment should be carried out prior to the start of any project so the necessary measures are taken.

The Federation of Construction Contractors’ Associations (Oseok) said on Tuesday that employers, workers and project owners should know the law on health and safety at the workplace and comply.


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