Carpenter falls to death

A carpenter of 130 First Street, Craig, East Bank Demerara fell to his death yesterday afternoon while doing work at a house in the Diamond New Housing Scheme.

According to reports 40-year-old Edward Shepherd called `Honey’ was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital around 4.30 pm yesterday.

According to reports Shepherd and some other men were doing work on a house in the Diamond New Housing Scheme when the incident occurred. Stabroek News was told that Shepherd and his colleagues were building a scaffold which Shepherd was using to do some work on an outside ceiling on the two-storey building.

Reports are that Shepherd while on the scaffold overbalanced on a piece a wood which he was sitting on and fell some 20 feet to the ground. This newspaper understands that Shepherd’s colleagues heard sounds of groaning and upon checking they saw the injured man lying on the ground. The dead man’s wife Kim Shepherd said she was told that her husband was picked up by one of his colleagues who soaked his head after assuming that he had only suffered minor injuries.

She said that she was told that her husband tried telling his colleagues something but he could hardly talk. She said the colleagues related to her that they called for a vehicle which took the injured Shepherd to the head of the new scheme after which a car took him to the hospital. The grieving woman told Stabroek News that her husband died while on the way to the hospital.

According to the woman she learnt of her husband’s incident through a sister-in-law. She said that after receiving the message that her husband was involved in an accident she rushed to the Georgetown hospital with clothes for him not knowing that he had already died. She related that her husband had been working on the house for the past three weeks. The woman said the last time she saw her husband alive was around 7 am yesterday before he left for work. Shepherd leaves to mourn his wife and four children.