Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Man crushed to death by crate of glass


helpful man: Marc Richards

Mark Fraser

A 33-year-old maintenance worker was crushed to death by a crate of glass at a job site on Wednesday.

Marc Richards, an employee of Associated Dynamic Ltd, was off-loading glass from a 20-foot freight container when the incident occurred around 4.30 p.m.

Police said Richards, of Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo, attempted to stop a crate of glass from crashing to the ground when it fell on him. 

Investigators said the crate weighed two tonnes.

The incident occurred at Balisier Street, Couva.

Richards was taken to the Couva District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An Associated Dynamic Ltd official said employees were saddened by Richards’ death. He was employed as a labourer since 2006.

The official said, “He was always willing to assist. You can ask him to do anything and he was willing to help.”

The company official said an investigation was launched into the Richards’ death.

Richards was not married and had no children. He lived with his mother, Bevie Neptune.

Neptune, 63, said her son was supposed to attended the funeral of baby Matai Phillip on Wednesday. 

“He went to the wake and came home at 4 a.m. He was supposed to go to the funeral. He left work early, but they call him back to go on the delivery. He don’t usually go on deliveries, but that day he was helping out,” she said.

Baby Matai, who was found unresponsive in his car seat at a day care centre, died at the Chaguanas Health Facility last week.

Neptune said she received a telephone call that her son was involved in an accident.

His cousins, Robert and Kevan Neptune, rushed to the Couva District Hospital but he was already dead.

Richards was described as a joyous, pleasant person who was always smiling.

An autopsy performed yesterday found that he died from compressive asphyxia, which is caused when the torso is crushed or pinned under heavy weight.