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Third person dies in Christmas cleaning accident

An 82-year-old man is dead after he fell off a ladder while putting up Christmas decorations in T&T.

Police identified the deceased as Megnath Maharaj of Factory Road, Piarco.

According to reports, around 11 am on Thursday, Maharaj was on a step ladder putting up decorations on top of the garage when he fell backwards from approximately six feet high.

He hit his head when he landed.

Relatives who were at the home at the time called the ambulance and Maharaj was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

However, he died about an hour later while undergoing treatment.

Police were called and the scene was visited by W/Cpl Hamilton-Foster.

This is the third such incident to take place over the last seven days.

On Saturday, 62-year-old Neville Johnson fell out of a window while doing some Christmas cleaning at a home along Sapphire Drive, Diamond Vale, Diego Martin.

Police were told that at about 12:30 pm that day, he was cleaning the windows at the home of a 70-year-old man he knew when he slipped and fell through the window.

The police and paramedics were notified and he was taken to the St James Medical Complex where he was treated and transferred to the Port of Spain General Hospital. However, he was declared dead.

Moreover, 51-year-old Krishendath Dookie of Jonathan Trace, Cunupia, died when he fell off a ladder while cleaning a roof.

According to police reports, around 2:12 pm on Sunday, he was at the churchyard at St John’s Evangelist Church along Donahue Street, Diego Martin, helping clean the area.

Dookie made his way to the top of a 20-foot ladder with a power hose to clean. However, while on top of the ladder, he lost his balance, and fell backwards.

Persons in the area notified the police and paramedics and Dookie was rushed to the St James District Hospital. However, he was pronounced dead.

W-Cpl Medina is continuing inquiries.

Meanwhile, the police service is calling on citizens to exercise caution when using ladders, and when conducting any activities from heights this Christmas (Loop News)


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