August 31, 2023

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Inquest opens into Everton stadium construction death

An inquest into the death of a worker who died on the construction site of the new Everton football stadium has opened in Liverpool.

Michael Jones was working as a ventilation engineer at the Bramley Moore Dock site on August 14 when the incident happened.

The inquest (held on 30 August) heard that Jones had been working on a scissor ladder when he was caught between a beam and machinery. Noticing the lift had stopped, a colleague was able to step onto the platform and release Jones, who sustained fatal head injuries.

The 26-year-old was taken to by ambulance to Aintree hospital where he was certified as having died.

The incident is currently being investigated by the HSE and Merseyside police. “This will be a very complex and technical investigation which will take some time,” Senior Coroner, Andre Rebello told the court. Mersey Vent Ltd., the victim’s employer, and the stadium contractor, Laing O’Rourke, were recognised as interested persons at the hearing.

The case has been adjourned until 29 February 2024.

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