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    FATALITY: LIFTING OPERATION ON MAJOR CITY SITE

    Workman dies after concrete stairs fall during crane lift 

    It has been reported by the London Evening Standard that a workman on a major London project has died after a concrete stairwell being moved fell on top of him.

    The man was working on the new Francis Crick Institute which will be one of the largest medical research centres in Europe when it opens.

    Emergency services attended the site near King’s Cross (6 Nov) after reports of a man having suffered serious injuries. The deceased, who is believed to be in his early 30s, was not breathing and despite efforts to resuscitate him he was pronounced dead.

    A carpenter said a concrete stairwell was being lifted and it dropped in from floor height onto him.

    A spokesman from Laing O’Rourke, the lead contractor on the project, said the site had been closed until Monday.

    He said:

    “We can confirm that at approximately 5pm on Wednesday 6 November, an incident occurred at the construction site of the Francis Crick Institute in London, in which a sub-contractor’s construction worker suffered fatal injuries.

    “The thoughts of Laing O’Rourke and the entire Francis Crick Institute project team are with the family and colleagues of the deceased at this time.

    “While investigations are continuing, it would be inappropriate to comment further or speculate as to the cause.”

    HSE confirmed they are aware of the incident and was assisting the Met Police with the investigsation.

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