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Man dies after falling from 100-foot building

Cecil Michael Baisden, inset, died when fell from this 100-foot building Thursday (Inset photo: Searclight.vc. Main photo courtesy Nakeisha Chance-John).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A man who was planning to get married next month fell to his death while painting a building in Paul’s Avenue around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Cecil Michael Baisden, a 49-year-old resident of Largo Height, died when he fell from the 100-foot SVG Tyre Sales & Services building owned by business man Leroy “Fly” Edwards.

Information reaching I-Witness News indicate that Helen Williams, Baisden’s fiancée and partner of 20 years, was in a store in Kingstown when their wedding planner conveyed the news of her fiancé’s death.

Fiancée of the deceased, Helen Williams (Photo courtesy Nakeisha Chance-John).

The couple have been living together for two years and Williams said at the scene — where Baisden’s body laid covered by a sheet — that he had cooked that morning and they had hugged and kissed before he left home.

Baisden, who began working with Edwards one day to the date of his death, was not wearing a harness while painting the building.

Photos of his body suggest that Baisden suffered extensive trauma to the head and several broken bones as a result of the fall.

Baisden is a former employee of R. C. Enterprises, where his former co-workers called him “Ice Man”.

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9 thoughts on “Man dies after falling from 100-foot building

  1. Sad news a man trying to earn a daily bread and couldn’t even finish as he dies accidentally and more sadness when there is a broken hearted woman to grieve and possible close family and fiends. Rest in peace Cecil.

    Posted by Danniel8 | May 4, 2012, 01:43
  2. My condolences to the family. I pray that contractors learn lessons from this unfortunate incident. A harness and scaffolding save lives.

    Posted by Joshua Richardson | May 4, 2012, 04:46
  3. I would like to join in extending my condolences to Ms. Helen Williams, and other relatives and loved ones, and friends, of Mr. CECIL MICHAEL BAISDEN, on the sad occasion of this most tragic lost. May Providence assist those he left behind to cope with the full effects of the unfortunate disaster. And, may he rest in Peace.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 4, 2012, 08:46
  4. My condolences to his love ones and friends.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 4, 2012, 08:54
  5. Gone are the days when buildings were one storey and no more than twelve to fifteen feet high. All you need was a ladder to paint a building and if you accidentally fell, chances are your injuries would be minor. Today, building are four and five storeys high, and you definitely need scaffolding and a harness to conduct work on the outside of these buildings. We are living in the 21st Century now, and we cant continiue to do things the way we used to. My condolence to the family members and fiancee. So sad! I hope there is some sort of compensation for the deceased survivors.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 4, 2012, 09:05
  6. my condolences to the family,tears come to my eye when i read the story so sad.

    Posted by nikay | May 4, 2012, 10:23
  7. Occupational Health and Safety requires far more focus in St.Vincent. Both employees and employers need to identify hazards and put the requisite measures in place to mitigate. Employers and property owners have a duty of care to persons visiting/working on the building compound and if they shirk this responsibility they should face strong legal repercussions.

    Posted by mypov12 | May 6, 2012, 17:01
  8. All Cecil wanted was to get a job which would enable him to provide for his family. He sort everywhere for such. He was willing and quite a cheerful person. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by Elsa Wynne | May 7, 2012, 21:19

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