Leandro Payano dies following port electrocution


OBSERVER: A devastating incident at the Port Authority last Saturday has taken the life of one man while another clings to hope in the fight for his life.

Leandro Payano, a 25-year-old resident of Martins Village, lost his life at a burn centre in Santo Domingo after undergoing critical emergency surgery.

His family had made heartfelt pleas on social media, seeking blood donations as his condition worsened. Tragically, Leandro Payano passed away just after 7 o’clock last night.

In the wake of the accident, his companion, Edgar Benjamin Alcantara, 32 years old and a resident of Tindale Road, remains hospitalized. Both men suffered severe third and fourth-degree burns, in addition to other injuries.

The incident that led to this unfortunate loss of life unfolded as Payano and Alcantara were in the process of relocating a multi-layered 40-foot scaffold at the Port Authority on October 14. Tragedy struck as the scaffold rolled of the building and came into contact with high-tension APUA wires, leading to a catastrophic electrocution.

The Hispanic community has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Leandro Payano. They have particularly extended their heartfelt sympathy to his mother, Roselin, and the entire grieving family.

As investigations into the incident continue, our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

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  1. Two deaths in as many months and this joker is at the helm at PMAC. He is busy aligning his pocket both directky and indirectly with his tug boats. All he cares about is his pocket not for the welfare of workers. The fish rottens from the head so dont expect any chznges.

    RIP mi hermano!!!

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  3. Note to the folk at ANR:
    i recently tried to explain to you the stark difference between electric shock and electrocution.
    With the sad death of Mr. Payano, you can now say he was electrocuted. His workmate is in hospital, still suffering the effects of an electrical shock.
    I hope you can appreciate the difference and refrain from using the term electrocution, when it does not result in a fatality. Just saying…

    • electrocution
      the injury or killing of someone by electric shock.
      “they switched off the power supply to avoid any risk of electrocution”

  4. Condolences to his family and friends. If there is anything to be learned from this, let it happen so we can grow and show respect to the victims.

    • Gaston pussy Tenman here you go with poppycock excuses as you suck on his cack. This is a powerhouse nation electrocuting people in more ways than one. What will be learned is SAFETY STANDARDS at an International Port seems very slack.

  5. cheap labour and poor workplace safety practices can only lead to disaster-illnesses injuries,death,lack of productivity whiles telemaque busy with his pocket time to resign ladronaso

  6. Note to Charles W Simon.
    I am saying that ANR was and is correct. Both persons was electrocuted. Electrocuted means to be killed or severely injured by electrical shock. Call your English teacher and ask.

  7. The leaders of that Port need to push safety,daily.Safety,is job number one at all times.At the beginning of each shift.There should be a meeting about the plans for the day,beginning with safety first.

  8. If a person is electrocuted it doesnt mean thay they died. Some of you all just too bright for you all own good. Check the definition of electrocution. It is just a case where more often than not people interpret it to mean death but by definition it means severly injured by an electric shock.

  9. Only in Antigua can people die at a government establishment and nothing happens, anywhere else that company would get sued and would have to compensate the family ..
    Shutty work conditions with no consequence .. ANTIGUA IS NOT A POWER HOUSE! IT IS THE GHETTO

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