Industrial Deaths: Bermuda To Remember

April 27, 2010

The last fatal workplace accident in Bermuda was in 2009, when 39 year old Jonathan Willis was tragically crushed to death after a fan belt of a forklift truck slipped. He, and many others who have lost their lives in industrial accidents, will be remembered tomorrow.

The World Day for Safety and Health and the International Commemoration Day for the Dead and Injured Worker is tomorrow [April 28] and there will be a ceremony on the steps of City Hall at 12:30 p.m. to recognize persons who have died in industrial accidents in Bermuda.

There will be remarks by the Minister of Health, employer and union representatives, prayers by the clergy and a performance by a local school choir.

Bermuda has been observing the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers since 2003. The day is observed in more than 37 countries.

Those who have lost their lives in industrial accidents in Bermuda from 1970 onwards include:

  1. Calvin Minors (10 May, 1971) – dock worker
  2. Percy Iris (28 Sept, 1982) – utility worker
  3. Ronald Skinner (19 April, 1984) – dock worker
  4. Lucien Belley (30 May, 1985) – diesel mechanic
  5. Robert Arnold (28 July, 1989) - construction worker
  6. Raymond Lambert (14 Dec, 1989) - construction worker
  7. Antoine Burgess (22 Aug, 1991) – sanitation worker
  8. Melbourne Grant (24 Aug, 1991) – sanitation worker
  9. Teddy Sewell (2 Nov, 1995) – crane mechanic/operator
  10. John Caesar (26 April, 1996) – hotel worker
  11. Colin Thomas (11 Sept, 1997) - construction worker
  12. Raymond Young (1 July, 1998) - construction worker
  13. Hewitt Tucker (7 July, 1998) - construction worker
  14. Andrea Bacarie (22 Jan, 2003) – school teacher
  15. Malik Blyden (19 July, 2003) – Belco worker
  16. Joseph “Joey” Pacheco (18 July, 2005) – farmer
  17. John Vital (29 Aug 2006) – landscaper
  18. Donahue Sousa (2 Jan, 2009) - construction worker
  19. Jonathan Willis (5 Oct 2009) – mechanic
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