Falling manhole cover kills workman on school site

by Alex on October 10, 2013

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A construction worker has died in hospital after being struck by a falling manhole cover on a West Sussex school site, police have confirmed.

The 26-year-old was carrying out work down a manhole as part of a site extension when passersby saw the cover’s chains come loose, causing it to fall and hit the worker in the head and abdomen.  According to eyewitnesses, he suffered serious head injuries and a perforated stomach, from which he died on Monday afternoon.

The worker was an employee of a subcontractor commissioned by a multinational construction group for the Crawley-based primary school project. The construction firm confirmed the man’s death, with a spokeswoman stating that the company’s thoughts were with the victim’s friends and family.

Commenting on the incident, a Sussex Police spokesman said: “The man from Kent was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in East London but sadly died there on Monday afternoon.”

“Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are working together to investigate the circumstances.”

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