Duo that fell from 3 storey building: 1 to be discharged, other critical


Despite surviving a fall from three stories up, 26-year-old Timothy Sookwah of Goed Fortune, West Bank Demerara is said to still be battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) while his co-worker, Safraz Mkeed who fell with him, is expected to be discharged from the West Demerara Regional Hospital later today.

Injured: Safraz Mkeed was discharged from the hospital

This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James on Monday.

Based on reports received, the duo –who are said to be carpenters employed with a local contractor- while on duty on Sunday morning, came into contact with a high voltage electric cable at a construction site in Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, resulting in them being thrown off a three storey building.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 10:30hrs on Sunday, while a number of men- including the injured duo- were working on constructing a shopping mall located next to the Republic Bank branch (RBL) at Stelling Road, Vreed-en-Hoop, WCD.

Eyewitnesses said that the two men were at the time working around the edge of the upper flat of the building when Mkeed stumbled upon high voltage cables attached to a nearby Guyana Power & Light (GPL) electricity pole and was thrown against his colleague at the edge of the building.

The impact caused Sookwah to lose balance, and both men went tumbling from the 3rd floor of the building.

Mkeed somehow managed to land on the 2nd floor, but Timothy tumbled all the way to the ground.

The two construction workers were immediately rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital in a bus being operated by the RBL.

There, it was determined that Mkeed had sustained a minor laceration to his head and several electric burns about his body, while Sookwah was suffering from more severe injuries- including a broken left arm, fractured ribs, among others.

As such, the 26-year-old Sookwah was transferred to the GPHC.

At the West Demerara medical facility yesterday, INews was able to speak to the injured Mkeed while he was receiving treatment.

He detailed that he had been labouring at the site for about 6 months, and that the incomplete structure is intended to house a business establishment.


Investigations are ongoing.


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