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15.05.2008 Tragedy

Man Falls To Death

A Building and civil engineer died instantly when he fell from a 30-foot storey building and had his head crushed in Tema yesterday morning.

Malcom Nii Ayi was working on the roof of the Ghana Textile Manufacturing Company building when he slipped.

He was a contractor with the El Malcom Company Limited based in Tema.

According to the Mill Manager of the GTMC, Mr Charles Lokko, a recent heavy downpour, coupled with winds, blew off a section of the company s roofs.

He said the management of the company, therefore, contracted Nii Ayi, who was in his late 40s, to repair and replace that section of the roof which had been ripped off by the winds.

Mr Lokko said the contractor and his team started work on Monday through Tuesday till the morning of yesterday when the accident occurred.

He said about 10.30 a.m. yesterday, he had a report that the contractor had fallen from the roof and had had his head crushed.

The contractor was reported to have missed a beam which he wanted to step on for support, after which the asbestos ceiling caved in.

According to Mr Lokko, the contractor fell head on and had his head crushed.

When this reporter went to the scene at the factory, the body had been wrapped up by the police and it was about to be conveyed to the Police Hospital.

Mr Lokko said the management of the company would follow up later to the family to express its sympathy and discuss other arrangements.

Later in an interview, the officer in charge of the Tema Community 8 Police, Inspector Francis Essel, who confirmed the incident, said the body had been conveyed to the Police Hospital in Accra.

He said the police would conduct further investigations into the incident.

Story by Rose Hayford Darko.

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