Man falls to his death at Olympic Stadium

Aerial view of the Olympic Park looking south west towards London. Picture taken on 16 April 2012.

Aerial view of the Olympic Park looking south west towards London. Picture taken on 16 April 2012.

A 44-year-old sub-contractor has fallen to his death at the Olympic Stadium in East London.

The Met Police has been deemed the fatality as ‘non-suspicious’ following a police investigation.

Officers were called to the stadium at 7.30 am this morning.

They’d received reports of a person falling from the Stadium to the ground and being unconscious.

He was unresponsive when officers arrived at the scene.

The London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead shortly before 8 am.

Officers are confident that they know the identity of the deceased and have continued with enquiries to trace next of kin.

The stadium is being renovated to become a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup later this year, and then the long-term home of West Ham United Football Club and British Athletics.

Balfour Beatty, the construction firm managing the site, said:

We can confirm there has been a fatality at the former Olympic Stadium site this morning.

We are working with the relevant authorities whilst a full investigation is carried out. All work on site has been stopped. Our thoughts are with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues.

David Goldstone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We are devastated to hear of the death at the stadium this morning and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.

As yet the exact cause of death is unexplained, but we have stopped all work on site and will cooperate fully with the emergency services and all other relevant authorities on their investigations. We will also be conducting our own thorough examination of events.


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