Roof Collapses At Morgan’s Point, Man Killed

February 5, 2013

[Updated with video + Police name victim as Millard Bean] At 11.20am this morning [Feb 5] there was an industrial accident — the roof collapsed — on the Morgan’s Point property in Southampton, and the police have confirmed that a 47-year-old Smiths parish man has been killed.

Emergency responders attended the scene and the man was rushed by ambulance to King Edward Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Last summer the Morgan’s Point property was exchanged for the land at Southlands in Warwick, and remediation work got underway at Morgan’s Point late last year, with the property scheduled for development which will include a luxury hotel and condominium project.

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The police are holding a press briefing now at Morgan’s Point, and we will update with additional information as able.

Update 1.40pm: Inspector Andy Morgan said it is believed a roof collapsed

Update 2.02pm: The video of a statement from Police Inspector Andy Morgan is below.

A investigation into this tragic incident is underway by the Government Health and Safety officers and the Bermuda Police Service.

Update 3.03pm: Audio above switched to video

Update 5.02pm: The police released a written statement, it follows below

Around 11:30am on Tuesday, February 5th first responders attended a reported industrial accident at Morgan’s Point in Sandys parish. Upon police arrival it was ascertained that a 47 year old Smith’s parish man had been on site when a wooden structure fell on him.

The victim was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation into this fatal industrial accident is ongoing. No further details regarding the deceased will be given until the next of kin have been notified.

Update 6.50pm: The police have identified the victim as 47 year old Millard Bean of Smith’s parish.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 47 year old Millard Bean of Smith’s parish.

millard bean“Around 11:30am on Tuesday, February 5th Mr. Bean was seriously injured in an industrial accident at Morgan’s Point in Sandys parish when a wooden structure fell on him.

“Mr. Bean was treated at the scene by EMTs before being taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead by an on call doctor at 12:25pm.

“A Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to Mr. Bean’s family to assist them at this tragic time.

“A full investigation into this fatal industrial accident is ongoing. The Bermuda Police Service extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bean.”

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  1. Bullseye says:

    That’s terrible!

  2. Verbal Kint says:

    I am really sorry to hear this.

  3. Umjussayin says:

    RIP my friend.

  4. mixed up says:

    There are serious issues with health and safety in the work force in Bermuda! People do what they want without any regulations in place. And if there are regulations no one is enforcing them. Take it from someone who knows. Of course, not every accident can be avoided but in most cases they could have been with the right procedures put in place. Bermuda is too easy going when it comes to worker safety. Another sad day!

    • Lets Hope says:

      You are so right about people doing what they like! And now someone has lost their live…There should be no work being carried out at Morgans Point to begin with.

      • Justine says:

        How do you know that they were doing what they liked and no permits were issued? If you don’t know the facts maybe you should wait for the results of the investigation.

      • Captain Sensible says:

        RIP.

        Lets Hope – I don’t understand why no work should be carried out at Morgans Point. They are doing work cleaning it up ahead of the proposed hotel complex.

      • Blu_topaz says:

        FYI work has been going on by govt for sometime now. They hv sub contracted it out
        They hv been removing aspestos from many of the buildings. This is very sad but let’s get the facts first before we start throwing out negative comments.

    • Plato says:

      This happens every day in every country stop hating on Bermuda.

    • US Observer in Pink Sand says:

      Do you really know what the cause of the accident was? Even with regulations (laws) in place and guidlines to assist, people still continue to do what they want. Your statement is an ignorant one. Just like there are laws to keep people under control, people still break the law which leads to fines, jail/prison and even death. You are right..not every accident can be avoided however you failed to state that in most cases its human error or stupidy or just not knowing any better. Every workplace accident is different however it always leads back to what did the human do to prevent the accident from happening in the first place. Wait until the investigation is done.

      • Come On Man!! says:

        My condolences go out to the family. Yes we don’t know the circumstances behind the tragedy. But I have to ask the question “Why wasn’t the roof taken down before working in that old old house?”

      • Blu_topaz says:

        No one broke any laws it was an accident

    • myopinion says:

      I agree! RIP my high schoolmate.

    • Blu_topaz says:

      It was a freak accident

  5. Justine says:

    How terrible, my thoughts and prayers are with the family

  6. Princess Twinkles says:

    I heard all the sirens go by … yet another man goes … very sad … R.I.P. :(

  7. sunshine says:

    Wow how horrible, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased.

  8. Scaur Lady says:

    My thoughts are with the family. I will keep them in my prayers.

    • SAD ONION GAL says:

      Same here. Prayers to the family & friends of this accident victim.

  9. Lets Hope says:

    This is very sad!

  10. bdaallday says:

    R.I.P —

  11. bang bang says:

    R.I.p uncle

  12. Bobmarlin says:

    How sad and unfortunate,sympathy to all affected!

  13. Islander says:

    Condolences to family, friends and co-workers

  14. Wise Up says:

    Another sad day in Bermuda with losing our young males. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. R.I.P. Cuzzy

  15. beileve it! says:

    So Sad! Bless his family!

    All I can say, People get ready, there’s a train that’s coming.

    • Mrs. Wayne says:

      I truly believe…

      My heart aches right now and my head hurts. I am American, but i am so praying for Bermuda! R.I.P. my friend!

    • What the??? says:

      What the hell are you talking about? ‘The train’ comes for ALL of us eventually-just for some of us sooner than later. What’s up with the cryptic mumbo-jumbo? If you want to say everyone should get saved while there’s still time, say it-don’t use old spiritual songs as codes to get the message across! Good grief.

      What a sad day for this family to have to go through this all over again. My condolences.

  16. atalostforwords says:

    Condolences to the family, friends an co-worker of the deceased

  17. Ty says:

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

    This has been one crazy 2013 already.

  18. In Mark's Opinion says:

    My prayers go out to the family and rest in peace my friend.

  19. Former Co-Worker says:

    Condolences to the family and co-workers! He was such a wonderful person to work with. Just saw him last week working.

    Will miss u dearly :(

    R.I.P. my former co-worker

  20. mercy!!!!! says:

    r.i.p uncle to my family local and abroad much love at this time

  21. Dispatcher/Unit #48 says:

    I will miss him as he always came into my office and like cracking jokes about the old days. From all of us here at ICS/Container Division my God give your family peace at this time and will we continue to pray for the members of his family.

    Gone to soon Unit#14…….

    • ICS Family says:

      R.I.P Unit 14 unbelievable. He taught me so much. can’t even process it…

  22. class mate says:

    God please wrap your arms of love around this family during this sad time. RIP school mate.

  23. jeanette says:

    All the best with LOVE to you all peace be with you

  24. Be Encouraged says:

    This is tragic news. My heart goes out to the family as they have had to deal with yet more bad news. If there is any good news from this horrific event is that God is good. To the wife, your husband was saved and a child of God an God is still in control. Bless you.

  25. Sad says:

    R.I.P Godpa *HUGS*

  26. My heart goes out to his family & friends. just when I saw him going work this morning. life is so strange 1min your here then next your gone, LORD HAVE MERCY ON HIS FAMILY. GOON TO SOON ITS SO SAD. ALWAYS REMEMBERED. MY HEART IS SO HEAVY FILLED WITH GRIFE. RIP CB

  27. sic&tiredofbeingsic&tired says:

    unbelievably sad! May you rest in peace my friend. Deepest deepest condolences to the Family!

  28. RiP says:

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS FAMILY. THE 2ND LOST SO SOON. REST IN PEACE. I WISH RIP MEANT RETURN IF POSSIBLE. HUGS AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THIS FAMILY.

    • Calla says:

      Please Bermuda, be extremely sensitive to this horrible tragedy. The deceased just buried his step son less than 2 weeks ago and that mother and wife will be back in the graveyard to bury her husband. Hold this family up in prayer, not with insensitive comments.

  29. uncle we miss you says:

    i miss you uncle

    i love you

    you bought joy to my life and now i do not now what to do

    you were a great friend now you are gone

    i do not know what to do now

    all i know is that i love you very much

  30. SML says:

    RIP Chrissy. Gone too soon! Prayers to his family and friends. So sad.

  31. Who wrote the report? says:

    How horrible. Sincerest condolences to all his family and friends.

  32. Sosad says:

    What a good man !!! Harper my soul bleeds for you and your family !!!!! Thank you so much for all of the memories !!! Good worker, good friend, great father and wonderful husband !!!! You got it all right !!! And it ended way to soon !!! One love my brother !!!!!

  33. Bob the Builder says:

    Construction work is dangerous!!!
    Accidents are a pert of the job!!
    Workers do get hurt !

    Unfortunately most people do believe the above and take it as the rule rather than the exeption.
    It is time for stricter regulations in workplace safety, there is much talk about OHSA this and that , workmans comp, liability insurance BUT till we get some sort of enforcement with a penalty/ liability structure little will change.

    Whilst there might be some rules and regulations in place it reminds me of our roads where everything goes as long as you don’t get caught. We have people riding on the back of open trucks- including W&E staff, picture on of them overturning with a bunch of fatality s ( remember the trash truck at Barnes corner not to long ago)
    Crazy stuff on ladders, scaffolding’s made out of 2×4′s, commercial trucks with bald tires…..
    Insterrestin enough one never hears the unions talking about this!

    Well after today lets hope there will be some changes.

    My condolences to the family, friends and coworkers.

  34. Pilot001 says:

    RIP Chris my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time!

  35. Carlita says:

    My condolences to the family. Those that are responsible for the Morgan’s Point facility need to consider demolishing all the properties. Life is worth more then fixing up derelict buildings.

    I don’t know the dynamics of this tragedy but ……..

    • Justine says:

      Carlita, the buildings can’t be demolished they are full of asbestos – the asbestos was being removed.

      Please think before you post!

      • Blu_topaz says:

        He wasn’t in the building. It was a freak accident

  36. Flipped up !!!!!K says:

    Family ! fun ! Chrissy you were the man !!! Catches in slips !!!! Goals for Wolves !!! trenches for Island !!! You did it all !!! One Love !!!! White Hope thinking of you and your wonderful family !!!!

  37. sistadee says:

    so so so so sad

    r.i.p

  38. Kent Stewart says:

    Absolutely shocked – my condolences to his family and to his co-workers at ICS where I know he was respected and loved….

  39. Just to think I use to see him working near my job always
    spoke and said have a nice day. God bless his family RIP Millard.

  40. Andrew says:

    R.I.P
    Was a good hardworking guy, a true leader and will be surely missed by the ICS family.

  41. Sheena Daniels says:

    My heart is heavy n broken. Millard was a great person who I had the opportunity to work with and still see him quite often on the roadside working or even popping down the store.

    May his family n work family find peace n comfort during this tragic time.

    Unit 14 “It’s so hard to say Goodbye”. May u R.I.P

    ICS crew hold ya heads up!

  42. Chic says:

    Sorry to hear the news, He was a God fearing man, May Gods grace be unto him, Stand strong family, Millard is sealed, and he batted well and played the game right ! LOVED DAT BREDDA >>>>>

  43. Chris Famous says:

    Chris Big Up From the Wolves Family

  44. Will says:

    sad to hear this!
    it looks like the Americans mess finally killed someone..all the more reason for them to foot the bill!

  45. citi zen says:

    He was absolutely the coolest guy. God bless his family.

    RIP

  46. Saddened says:

    R.i.p. Millard. My deepest condolences goes out to his family and friends.

  47. ella says:

    My sweet friend Lorrie – I am sooooooo sorry! My heart is heavy right now. I was with you, Millard and Izzi to just be there for you when Torrie past. Who ever thought that a couple of weeks later, you will be going through the same thing? Heartwrenching!! I am here for you & Izzi. We have exchanged contact #’s so call if you need anything, anything at all! You know what tho? Your faith in God is so very strong, this I know. Keep that faith sister girl..

  48. Shay Richardson says:

    My heart goes out to the family of Millard Bean. What a loss for Bermuda! I have a friend who was working on that site and I hope he is ok. It must be very hard for the rest of the staff to go on. May Millard Rest in Peace. We are losing too many of our young men. God help us!!!!