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    FATALITY: COLLAPSE ON MAJOR LONDON REFURB PROJECT

    Floor failure suspected to have caused fall of mini-excavator and workmen

    It has been reported by the BBC and others that a construction worker has died whilst working on a project involving conversion of the former US naval headquarters, near the US London Embassy in Gosvenor Sqauare.

    The building is being redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of a £250m renovation. The structure was originally built as flats in the 1930s and has been vacant since 2007.

    The deceased workman has been named as 33-year-old father-of-two Dainius Rupsys a Lithuanian national. He died at the site after the collapse at 15:45 on Monday 15 April. One other person is known to have been treated for minor injuries.

    A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed one line of inquiry was that the man fell after a floor in the six-storey building collapsed.

    A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said a mini-excavator on the second floor fell with the two workmen to the floor below.

    Work on site suspended

    About 20 to 30 construction workers gathered outside the site and were addressed by a construction manager.

    Declan Sherry, CEO for contractor McGee Group Ltd of Wembley told Construction News:

    “It is with deepest regret that we advise that, following a serious incident this afternoon on the 20 Grosvenor Square site, tragically one worker has suffered a fatal accident. Another worker suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital but is expected to be released shortly.

    Work on site has been suspended and we are of course working closely with the investigating authorities to ensure that a full inquiry is conducted into this tragic incident.

    Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with both families and friends at this difficult time.”

    HSE and the Police are investigating the death. See BBC Video of the scene

     

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