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    FATALITY: WORKMAN CRUSHED BY FALLING GLASS

    Death on major London refurbishment project

    It has been reported by the London Evening Standard and others that a construction worker was crushed to death by a falling pane of glass at a central London office block undergoing a £66 million renovation on Friday 6th June 2015.

    Witnesses said a large pane of glass being craned up the side of the tower fell over and crushed a fitter. A co-worker told the Standard that everyone on site is devastated and that although such incidents are rare it is a “reminder of the dangers” on a construction project.

    The project is being carried out by Wates Construction for Land Securities who own the building. A spokesperson for Land Securities told the Standard:

    “We are deeply saddened to learn that a contractor has died in an accident at one of our development sites. We are working closely with the contractors and relevant authorities to investigate the cause of this tragic accident and we have suspended work on site until further notice. Our thoughts are with the individual’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

    A spokesperson for Wates Group

    “It is with regret that we can confirm that there was a fatality on site at 20 Eastbourne Terrace on Friday afternoon involving an operative from a subcontractor. Our thoughts are with the family at this extremely sad time. A full investigation has been launched and we are cooperating fully with the authorities to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”

    A spokesman for the HSE said:

    “We have launched an investigation alongside the police under the death at work protocol.”

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