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Construction foreman falls to his death in Limassol

Inspectors raise safety and training issues following Bulgarian construction worker’s death

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A construction foreman from Bulgaria plunged to his death in an accident on Monday, after he fell 15 metres down a shaft in Limassol.

Local media said Stefko Ivanov Dinev, described as a 55-year-old Bulgarian national, was working at a construction site in Polemidia on Monday afternoon, where he was supervising panel installation.

Around 4:30pm, under unknown circumstances, the foreman fell from the place he was standing into a shaft over 15 metres in depth, according to reports.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of the accident including the possibility of a number of code violations

Police and an ambulance immediately rushed to the scene, with the man taken to the Emergency Room at Limassol General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced him dead on arrival.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of the accident including the possibility of a number of code violations.

Labour inspection official Evangelos Socratous said the 55-year-old man did not wear a safety harness, according to SigmaLive.

“I have issued an order to halt all construction at the site until the employer brings in all the risk assessment documents and safety plan that was prepared for the specific project,” Socratous said.

The official also raised the issue of training, saying his office was told that the construction worker was a foreman, “so a supervisory role is crucial, something we want to examine as to whether he was adequately trained and informed on these issues.”

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