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BVIEC worker electrocuted in VG

- identified as Alex George aka Ants
August 31st, 2015 | Tags: Alex George Ants electrocution BVIEC live wire
Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Virgin Gorda resident Alex George aka Ants died by electrocution in North Sound, Virgin Gorda sometime this afternoon, August 31, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
Alex George was an employee of the BVI Electricity Corporation for less than two years. According to reports, George was working on an electrical pole in the North Sound area when he came into contact with a live wire. Photo: Team of Reporters
Alex George was an employee of the BVI Electricity Corporation for less than two years. According to reports, George was working on an electrical pole in the North Sound area when he came into contact with a live wire. Photo: Team of Reporters
Another photo of Alex George who lost his life by electrocution in Virgin Gorda today, August 31, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
Another photo of Alex George who lost his life by electrocution in Virgin Gorda today, August 31, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online state that a man died by electrocution in Virgin Gorda sometime this afternoon, August 31, 2015.

This news site can confirm that the man has been identified as Alex George aka Ants.

According to reports, George, an employee of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), was working on a utility pole in the North Sound area when he came into contact with a live wire.

Reports indicate that electricity was off at the time but returned and one of George’s feet came into contact with the live wire and he was electrocuted.

Efforts to get a comment from the BVI Electricity Corporation were futile up to post time.

However, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton confirmed the incident, noting that the now deceased was working on a utility pole at the time of his electrocution.

Virgin Islands News Online will bring more details as information comes in.

71 Responses to “BVIEC worker electrocuted in VG”

  • homie (31/08/2015, 18:21) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is so sad, You were real cool people man, this one here hit hard. RIP my boy.
  • Proud of Alex (31/08/2015, 18:22) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP sad, may God comfort your family during this time. So sad
  • DON Q (31/08/2015, 18:32) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    My lord
  • homegrown (31/08/2015, 18:40) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    still in complete shock.......... RIP Antz
  • Cuz (31/08/2015, 18:43) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    May his soul rest in peace. He was loved and will be missed forever. No one knows why he had to go so soon or so suddenly but I do know that the memory of him will live on forever. RIP
  • Gosh (31/08/2015, 18:50) Like (49) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why restore the power while he still on the pole? Smhhh
    • mercy (31/08/2015, 19:37) Like (56) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ Gosh ........ Do you really think that his coworkers would turn the power back on intentionally knowing that someone was still working on a pole? Come on man!! At least give the benefit of the doubt and assume it's an unfortunate accident; at least until the facts come out. Why are people so quick to cast judgement before hand, especially when they dont have a clue?? SMH ........ This is sad, and I pray that God comforts the family in their time of mourning. My deepest condolences! :-(
      • Hmm (01/09/2015, 10:11) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
        I understand where @Gosh is coming from... before restoring power, MAKE SURE NO ONE is on ANY POLE in the area. Simple protocol! This caused this young man his LIFE! Don't they have radios to communicate ? To know who exactly is working on which pole, in which area, at what time ? Electricity IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH, OR TO BE NONCHALANT WITH!
        • Mercy stfu (02/09/2015, 18:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

          Listen here. Common sense. YOU NEED permission before you turn a switch on. Don't be naive. Gosh knows exactly what they're saying . 

    • Hmmmm (31/08/2015, 20:37) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      I would like to kno if thats a costumery thing to do while some is on pole is so they need revue if not i smell lawsuit
    • Lily Ann (31/08/2015, 22:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Carelessness ....
  • heart broken (31/08/2015, 19:02) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lord everywhere I turn am seeing his face,my heart is heavy,my head hurts lord alone knows how am goin to sleep tonite,,,,I love u baby sleep on until we meet again
    • heart broken (01/09/2015, 08:32) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ppl are disliking this statement for watever reason I don't know,I didn't mean it in a bad way......simply sayin that if I go on fb or whatsapp am seeing it an am jus tryin to escape the fact that it's not true,many will not understand but I am hurting,we had a good convo that same day an lost him hours after....I loved him an still do,,,,,I have lost my best friend
    • Me Too (03/09/2015, 00:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      me too
  • vgman (31/08/2015, 19:28) Like (54) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is tragic a child has lost her father and a mother has lost her child my prayers go out to them
  • vex (31/08/2015, 19:39) Like (6) Dislike (55) Reply
    Not a word from the ndp smh
    • SMH (31/08/2015, 21:06) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now is not the tine for that b.s let us mourn without politics
    • Jill (01/09/2015, 12:45) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      If the NDP has something to say, what makes you think it must be public. How you know that they did not reach out to the family. Sickening
    • platoe (02/09/2015, 12:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      small minded idiot...everything has to be political!!! really???
  • Wel well (31/08/2015, 19:47) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is nonsense. Somebody need to be held responsible for this. Why turn on the power while the young man was still on the pole. This is lunacy. I hope they file a wrongful death suit.
  • Missing Something (31/08/2015, 19:48) Like (137) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Reports indicate that electricity was off at the time but returned and one of George’s feet came into contact with the live wire and he was electrocuted" If I am correct, when these good gentlemen go up onto these poles, the Main line or the electricity in the area is purposely shut off so that they can go up and work. How is it Electricity could magically come on and the young man got electrocuted? Something not right here. Its either someone turned it on which I doubt or, there was some other source pulling/pushing the electricity through the lines for example a generator which was not switched off. Something has to pull/push the electricity still. Something is not grounded.
    • yes (31/08/2015, 20:18) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      I with you on that, some kind of electricity was still going through those lines for that to happen.
    • Hmm (01/09/2015, 09:10) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      If it was a generator... isn't it illegal to send power back to the grid?????? Then that Company/person is responsible for what happened and not the BVIEC. This is so sad.
  • :( (31/08/2015, 19:51) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Words can't express, always been a cool person, real and down to earth - Only Jag knows why..

    RIP Bro
  • wize up (31/08/2015, 20:55) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    BVI EC should review their policy
  • healing (31/08/2015, 21:04) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Heavenly father, bring healing for the family and our land.
  • pumkin (31/08/2015, 21:16) Like (14) Dislike (18) Reply
    Dem ppl always selling ppl soul n make it look like accidents
  • sady (31/08/2015, 21:16) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Careless behaviour from the staff of electricity, whoever is responsible for heading this type of job. More caution needs to be taken.
  • pops (31/08/2015, 21:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mehn I cant handle my tears bro.u were like my brother b
  • apple (31/08/2015, 21:40) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    What nonsense is this? here you go: Electricity was off and returned while he was on the pole working...
    This is a professional company and they must have procedures when dealing with maintenance. The current just cannot come back while he was working. Someone got to turn it on or off for the work to take place. Well then they are working very careless then;
    Man I just don't understand some statements...
    Watch, this calls for a Police investigation, its possible this could be a homicide.
    • Saden (01/09/2015, 00:53) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Very much so! U hit the nail on the head and I really do hope they investigate it
    • wize up (01/09/2015, 05:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ apple: yes I agree with you 100% someone is very much liable in this matter: here we have a young man gainfully employed and his life snuffed out because of carelessness:
  • VG-1 (31/08/2015, 21:58) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Really sad to hear this. My condolences goes out to his entire family. mummy i know this must hit u hard. may God comfort u. RIP Antz . for the time i knew u , u was always easy going.
  • Lily Ann (31/08/2015, 22:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    For a live wire to catch his FOOT .... then that means he was working ABOVE the wire ---while he was coming down
  • ... (31/08/2015, 22:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are saying that it could have been a mistake.. when dealing with these type of risky jobs... You CANNOT be making such mistakes.. these are people's lives.. a simple phone call or something to make sure it is ok to restore power... I'm sure there's procedures or something for when someone is on a pole.. smh.. RIP
  • sad godmother (01/09/2015, 00:28) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Oh how sad! Mummy i'm praying for you and the family. A fine young man sad he left us this way.
  • VJ (01/09/2015, 01:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so unfortunate ,but it must be a top priority for these men to communicate properly when working in the field like that. It must be a proper lockout ,tagout procedure in place and the person himself or the supervisor give its all clear to turn on power.managagement need to stepup,this will not be the last.RIP Bro.
  • QueenBianka (01/09/2015, 07:47) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our heartfelt condolences goes out to his mom, father, siblings and entire family. I can't seem to adjust to such tragic news of how he lost his life. Many questions we may have but Jehovah God knows best. You lived a peaceful and humble life and though this ordeal has brought us all grief we all should be reminded by the true realization of how you lived. "Peacefully". Rest In Peace, gone to soon but will never be forgotten.
    To your mom one of my dearest friends I can only imagine the hurt and turmoil your going through now, as well as all family, and friends, in times of sorrow life every aching heart unto the father most high Jehovah God. He never will leave us nor forsake us. I pray for courage, wisdom and strength, But most of all for understanding and comfort in this time of bereavement, I ask that our Father Almighty Jehovah God intensifies our faith, for if we believe in the gospel, the bible confirms the resurrection of the dead and eternal life for all believers. Jehovah God Bless His Family and friends and most of all the wonderful people of Virgin Gorda and the entire British Virgin Islands. Amen
  • VG (01/09/2015, 09:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is crazy to say the lease. How cold power be restored with a lines man
    on the pole?

    Ill like to see standard procedure for this.
  • miss yhu already (01/09/2015, 09:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No ants please dont go leave ur boi d boi come on get up i still cant take in that news cause i kno yyhu stronger than that someone who i really look up too have to leave me...
  • Real Tool (01/09/2015, 09:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My question is they said the power was out and came back while he was on the pole.....tell me when didn't they turn off the breakers so if the power came back nothing wouldn't of happen.....mhn I know it's really hard but RIP Ants
  • king (01/09/2015, 10:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Extending my condolences to the entire family circle....
  • Island breed (01/09/2015, 11:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one in their right mind will just turn on the power when someone is on the pole. This could have been anyone of the other guys. This was clearly an accident and very unfortunate. RIP Mr. George and may God strengthen the family and may God protect the workers of BVIEC.
  • TEARS IS A LANGUAGE GOD UNDERSTAND (01/09/2015, 13:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    what make it sad they should make sure that the young man come down from the pole and the supervisor at site call in and let them know it safe to put on the power. This is the third person it happen to but this young man did not survive...lack on communication with the company... proper measure should have been taken from the first time the two young men this had happen to...careless in BVIEC
  • very sad (01/09/2015, 13:35) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    People of these beautiful Virgin Islands could we set aside negative thoughts and evil thoughts at least for a while and let us come together and pray for the family, friends,co workers and the entire Electricity Corp. As they go through these rough days ahead. Accidents. Can happen in. Any place any jobs but negative blogs don't help the situation
    May God bless the entire family and may the young man RIP
  • ASKING (01/09/2015, 14:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So many questions to be answer and what would be the decision after they has been answered. This is a young life just gone just like that working owning his daily bread hard meson hard

    I am waiting to hear.
  • watcher (01/09/2015, 14:39) Like (54) Dislike (0) Reply
    shame on whoever took pictures of him while he hung from the pole and spread them on the internet have some respect for the deceased
    • MICKEY MOUSE (02/09/2015, 13:06) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's true. Did that person stop to think about the young man family? If is was their love one how would they? Before we do or say anything we need to question ourselves.
    • I concur (02/09/2015, 13:20) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's the problem with our society. It's like social media is making them stupid, they are so caught up in crap, they're losing sight of courtesy. It is truly disheartening that we live in a world where some people no longer respect the dead, if they see someone dying they would quickly reach for their phones to capture it than to try and save that person.
  • Hebrew (01/09/2015, 15:13) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a journeyman linesman.From reading the comments,I can understand everyone's position.You all need to mourn the death of a countryman and comfort his family and workmates first.After that,let the investigation run its course.Whatever went wrong will be identified and remedied.Please let the process start and go till the end.I am not in your country,but was involved in a similar event.I know how it feels!
  • electrictian (01/09/2015, 16:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A Generator can send a reverse polarity power to secondary lines, not
    HT hight tension. There is a transformer that link them it would explode or burn up
    it also down grade the HT from 13,000 volts to 110/220 use in your house.

    • RealPol (02/09/2015, 11:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      An improperly installed generator can back feed and energize the power grid and pose danger to linesmen working on power lines. Back up generator needs to be installed so that it is isolated from the power grid, ie, BVIEC lines( disclaimer: do not know what cause the fatality). A double-pole, double-throw transfer switch can prevent the back feeding. Back up generators should be installed in accordance with BVIEC rules. If a home or business owner lacks the skills to effectively install a backup generator, he/she should employ a license electrician. Impropetly installing a generator can have tragic consequences with bankruptable financial cost.
  • kp (01/09/2015, 18:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh please we shouldn't have to be mourning in the first place he should not of die because of carelessness I saw many electricians working on poles and they call one another before they turn on the electricity .his death was due to lack of communication i can bet .so sad a mother have to crying for her over this nonsense
  • LynB (01/09/2015, 20:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I never cried so much since my father died !!! One of my best friend....coolest dude I've known throughout my WHOLE life ---- and I know for a FACT he LOVED his little girl to the moon and back --- there was no doubt about that ---- She will surely miss him !!!!!!!!!!!.... maaan I cant take it no more !!! Tears streaming down my face non stop !!!! Its hard ... I dont think I can even make it to his Funeral.... This will be too much to handle !!!! I will always Love u boo !!!!
  • WHEN IT RAIN (01/09/2015, 21:13) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's a shame this young man had to leave this way it is so sad may GOD comfort his family in this time of there lost may his soul rest in peace only GOD knows
  • 123 (01/09/2015, 22:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Political Observer (02/09/2015, 08:59) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two points. First, let me offer my warmest condolences to Alex George's family on the sudden and unexpected loss of their love one. May he RIP and in time may the family find peace, solace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.

    Secondly, I'm not privy to what exactly cause Mr. George's death so I will exercised some fire discpline and withhold any comment on the incident. Instead, I will offer some brief observations on working on high volume pole lines and about electricity in general. There is no doubt that electricity is a wonderful utility that improve our lives, making them better and happier. Many of our seniors have lived without electricity. But let's imagine life without electricity. Unimaginable!

    Nonetheless, electricity comes with its own set of rules, procedures and practices that if violated too often comes with a huge price. Violating electricity rules is unforgiven. It does not discriminate; it does not care if you rich or poor, local or expat, Black/White/Asian or Hispanic or male or female. If you do not adhere to the established rules, you will pay. There is an old saying in the electrical field that says that there are no old careless electricians. True, some people that violate the rules over and over and nothing happens for a while. Nevertheless, one day under the right/wrong conditions the unthinkable may happen-death. But this can be avoided by working safely and following the rules.

    In regards to pole line repair, an agency should have strict operational protocols in place, including experienced and qualified on site supervision. Further, except in the rarest of emergencies, pole line work should not be done hot. And if worked is being done while the line is hot, personnel should be wearing protective gear and using protective tools, along with following the customary safety practices. And though the discussion is about outdoor pole line repair, statistics show that more people die from indoor electrical incidents. Respect electricity and it will serve you well; disrespect it and death may result. Work safely and go home to your families alive. BVIEC, this incident requires a Safety Stand Down. Safety first, today and tomorrow.
    • Faye (02/09/2015, 14:13) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      I know this is you BVI Electricity .... instead of addressing the fault (Of the Worker) in the Comments .... You should show the family and community respect and Address this in public and the Media !!!!!!!! Because it seems that you have a Managerial position and KNOWS the handbook in and out !!!!!!!!!!!
      • Political Observer (03/09/2015, 08:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Faye dearest, you are off the mark and missed the target by a country mile, for I'm not a corporation nor the BVIEC. However, I'm sure facts acquired, BVIEC will brief the public.
  • heart broken (02/09/2015, 10:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    can't believe this some one has to answer a lot of question about what went wrong that day, he was a son a brother a uncle a father a friend to many so sad ,he will not be forgotten R.I.P
  • Hmm (02/09/2015, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    MAy his family be comforted through this time of bereavement. One observation, how come the fuses are while the man in the pole. It hurts when death take place because of protocols been broken?
  • Tola Girl (02/09/2015, 13:20) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
  • SMH (02/09/2015, 15:31) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The media to punk to say he was working on a pole up YCCS. RIP bro you will get Justice
  • We ain't chupit (02/09/2015, 18:50) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hello. Bviec got questions they need answer. Simple. Cause this is bull. He's not even in gear
  • Engaged (02/09/2015, 23:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I too heard that BVI Electricity's power was off and that a generator's feedback may have caused this incident. Quite sad.
  • Industrial worker (03/09/2015, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Standard operating protocol when working on electrical panels or other "hot work" is for a lock out-tag out procedure.
    Was this not in place?

    RIP to the young man involved and my deepest condolences to the family.
  • Truth (06/09/2015, 18:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I paid BVIEC a few thousand dollars to come r power. They came to my home run the power and as of today never buried the cable. I call twice and thirty days gone not a man ain't come. So if something so simple was done carelessly what about other works they do. I am sorry for the lost of an innocent man.
  • Lenore (08/09/2015, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P CUZ from the Faulkner Family

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