UPDATED: One man dead following construction accident in Dos Dane

Police have confirmed the death of Ovin Joseph of Dos Dane who died after a concrete wall collapsed on him at a construction site.

Police Public Relations Officer Claude Weekes said Joseph was involved in demolishing a kitchen, which was attached to a concrete bungalow house at the time of the incident, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:05 a.m.

Consequently, a concrete wall fell on him, smashing his body parts, according to Weekes.

Joseph was pronounced dead by Dr. Dechausay of the Reginald F. Armour Hospital in Portsmouth.

A coroners’ inquest and a post-mortem will be conducted into the man’s death.

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32 Comments

  1. Snakeeyes
    February 14, 2010

    I am absolutely heart broken by the news. I know that my aunt and cousins and his wife will be stong Ovin was a grat person and he will be definitely missed. May the lord bless my aunt and give her courage in this time of grief. God will not leave you but give you strength. God Bless
    laura

  2. Anonymous
    February 13, 2010

    ORKC IN ST.THOMAS

    Our Sympathy goes to his wife and children, mom and relatives irving was loved by everyone so please continue his legacy of love and strength with one another and be strong for each other the family that prays together stays together. may his soul rest in peace

  3. Karkabeff
    February 12, 2010

    The good always seem to de young. I never knew you but by all account you were loved by all who crossed your path in this brief life. May the lord welcome you in his palace with open arms and give comfort to those you left behind. May your soul RIP.

  4. my beloved brother
    February 12, 2010

    On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank everyone for their kinds words and support and how they remembered my brother in such difficult time of pain and grief.He was a very loving person best personalty,would help any and everyone that he could.Irving was a strong and brave individual the bravest i’ve known i love him so much and there is a void in my heart in my soul that wil never be filled.
    I want to remember my brother just the way he was beautiful ,loving,helpful,kind,brave and strong,he was my mom right hand he did everything she wanted to get done,he was a handyman would repair everything in the house,was the perfect son my brother was all that a mom could asked of her son.
    He loved his family,his kids and wife and would do anythng for them,very hard working would travel all over in search of work so that he could maintain his family
    my heart is overwhelm with pain and sorrow but i guess God knows best but i will still say that God took u too soon,we love u and u will always be in our hearts……….R.I.P little brother hope to c u on the other side………LOVE

  5. D/can to the bone( foregin)
    February 12, 2010

    Government needs to put health and safty laws in place in Dominica including on building sites and those under taking small building projects..

  6. Sweetness
    February 11, 2010

    boy was i shocked when i heard the news it is indeed a sad way to go
    you will be missed

    DOMINICAN LIVING IN ANGUILLA PAIX BOUCHE MASSIVE ONE LOVE

  7. spirit
    February 10, 2010

    ovin boy i am still sadden by the news that you left us t o move on to iternity.ovin was my real nigga,we worked together on the house of jonson with dickie in possie.Irma just be strong caues we know that tour right hand has left you.i was on a contruction project when i got that news and i had to call of work for the day cause my contruction buddy had just left us.

  8. February 10, 2010

    i hope he rest inpeace… dats a terrible way to leave earth… PAIX BOUCHE passe living in antigua

  9. CONCERN DOMINICAN IN NJ
    February 10, 2010

    i would just like to send out my sympathy to the family GOD giveth and he also taketh we are from same community and it is so sad to hear.R…I….p

  10. Me
    February 10, 2010

    My sympathy goes out to the Family. Another sad sorry, He is resting in Peace, he is with the Lord.
    Another road to travel, another journey lord, but not much time. Be strong!

  11. oversea
    February 10, 2010

    It is sad news especially someone tat u knw so well. went to school together in Bense S.D.A. Your loud laughter will be missed deeply. RIP. To the family, Be Strong. God giveth and he taketh

  12. Unfortunate
    February 10, 2010

    I see so many people posting comments about safety and that the guy wasn’t wearing a hard hat and stuff…..There is a hosing and plannin ministry for the purpose of securing and ensuring that the building that are being set up are indeed safe enough for people to leave in. Understandably this may have been the reason why the wall was being taken down in the first place, but knowing the dangers or such an .. structure, there should have been more precaution taken, in that, machines should have been used to bring down that wall, hence elliminating the obvious threat to man power. It is too unfortunate that this young man had to pass in such a horrific manner. We need to be more cautious.

  13. Anonymous
    February 10, 2010

    So sad to hear. My deepest condolances to your family……….RIP

  14. CI
    February 9, 2010

    I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased. Although this is a very difficult time for the family memories of happy times spent together often helps to lessen the pain. Knowing that he is safely in the arms of the almighty, free from pain or suffering, is also comforting.

    That being said, more resources must be committed to protecting workers and saving lives. We no longer build little wooden houses…….. high rise luxury buildings are being constructed with two, three and four floors requiring more intense and difficult manpower……… we need more up-to-date equipments to handle some of the more complexed construction projects. However, dismantling, climbing, or poring concrete, for example, are very dangerous jobs, but necessary for the continued development of our lovely nature island.

    Let us work towards improving the safety of our construction workers so that this man’s death will not be in vain. We enjoy the luxury of our beautiful homes and commercial buildings; therefore, let us protect the brave men and women who risk their lies to make us comfortable while improving the landscape of our respective villages. Educating workers while protecting them will certainly help to prevent accidents.

  15. Duan pin
    February 9, 2010

    very unfortunate situation, but God is in control. just want to strenghten the family , relatives and friends to stand fast in the liberty of the Lord and he will see them through as his peace that passes all understanding will heal there broken hearts.

  16. sxm
    February 9, 2010

    very very sad,he was always at my home in sxm joking and having fun.we a very sad.rest in peace.to the family i know its not easy but hold strong god is with u all.

  17. whatever
    February 9, 2010

    Oh my. Safety is a big issue in DA .Is come as you like, no hard hats no nothing.Family hold tight.Jah love always. Peace

  18. Anonymous
    February 9, 2010

    ST MAARTEN

    HE WOULD ALWAYS CALL ME AND ASK THE BEST PRICE OF A TICKET FROM DOMINICA TO
    ST MAARTEN. AND WHEN ME AND MY BOYFRIEND WAS HAVING PROBLEMS, HE WOULD TALK TO US AND WE WOULD MAKE UP. HE WAS A GOD SENT.
    WHEN HE WASN`T WORKING, HE WOULD COME AT MY HOME AND SPEND HOURS WATCHING
    AFRICAN MOVIES AND PLAYING CRICKET IN THE YARD WITH MY BOYFRIEND AND MY CHILDREN.
    HE WOULD TALK TO ME ABOUT MARRIAGE, HOW HE LOVED HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY HIS DAUGHTERS.

    SLEEP ON NOW, AND TAKE YOUR REST:IT IS ENOUGH, THE HOUR IS COME: I AM:AND YE
    SHALL SEE THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING IN
    THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN. MARK. 14:41-62

  19. February 9, 2010

    We all cried and was shock when the news came to us in the BVI. Your memory will never be forgotten. This is sad and our prayers are with your wife and children and the rest of your family. Dos Dane lost a good man…………. RIP, Irvin.

  20. sadist
    February 9, 2010

    most of dem man na looking out for safety wen dey working

  21. Heartbroken
    February 9, 2010

    This is so sad. I remember you and ur loud laughs. His family is so close to his.I pray that God bless his momhis kids and that rest of his family. God never gives us more than we can bear

  22. foams
    February 9, 2010

    thats so close to my village.oh what a very very sad story ,my heart and prayers go out to the family ….may his soul rest in peace (god is picking young and beautiful flowers for his bouquet ) there are things in life that we will never understand

  23. February 9, 2010

    it is sad to see a love one die so a behalf of my family i would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Irvin. RIP IRVIN

  24. rj
    February 9, 2010

    it is very sad to see a love one die so on be halt of me and my family i would send out my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Irvin. RIP IRVIN

  25. dominican always
    February 9, 2010

    i dont know the circumstances but the lack of health and safety if properly investigated will be a cause in dominica there are no rules or regulations on how we do things no safe method of working sad a man has lost his life but we must learn from those deaths so further deads can be prevented

  26. $$$mr.lover$$$
    February 9, 2010

    r.I.p my brother and you will always be my brother. One love

  27. REST IN PEACE
    February 9, 2010

    sad sad sad story
    lets all remember that tomorrow or even the next moment is not hours
    Accept my sympathy

  28. Turts
    February 9, 2010

    Hey it is amazing how a man can be blown away like a paper in the wind.Very sad news.We spent very long hours together playing draft, less than twenty four hours before his death. God is in control > To the family,God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ever ask or imagine.He will continue to supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.To those of us that are still alive, let us use Irvin as an example.We are there today, then gone in less than no time.Maximize the purpose for which you were created.RIP Irvin

  29. Friend
    February 9, 2010

    You and your family will always be in my heart Irvin; you looked out for us when we were younger and made sure that no one would bother us. I will always remember and hold you in my heart. Sleep well my dear friend and may angels surround you. Keep smiling and I will never forget that loud and boisterous laugh that we all knew so well. To his family stay strong and I will be praying. Love!!

  30. Paix-bouche
    February 9, 2010

    May your soul rest in peace Irving. very sad news. To the family, just hold on strong and place everything in the hands of the Almighty

  31. Hmm
    February 9, 2010

    Yeah really unfortunate…RIP

  32. February 9, 2010

    dam ……wow…. that’s messed up

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