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Arrest after man loses life in labour accident (update 2)

Paphos hospital

Police arrested a 45-year-old forklift operator on Saturday after a 53-year-old man working on a construction site fell to his death in Peyia, Paphos.

According to police, the 45-year-old working at the construction site was arrested on a court order, after testimony was received the forklift, he operated, knocked into the area where the 53-year-old was standing.

The 53-year-old man, Almir Tomboulides from Georgia, was working at the site in Peyia, when at around 10:10am he fell eight metres to the basement level of the structure.

Police and the fire service arrived at the scene, where they extracted the 53-year-old from the basement.

He was taken by ambulance to Paphos General, where the doctors pronounced his death.

Head of the Paphos Labour Inspection Department, Giorgos Katsonouris said the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

However, he added, there is an absence of safety measures at the site.

Katsonouris said the work was being conducted without proper protection from falling, which resulted in the man’s death when he lost his balance.

Police are still investigating the matter.

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